Leaks that revealed British agent’s role in foiled bomb plot investigated by FBI

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The leaks, beginning with an Associated Press report on Monday the news agency had held back for several days at the request of the US authorities, have turned the spotlight on a spectacularly successful co-operation between the intelligence services of the US, Saudi Arabia and Britain. But senior officials and analysts in Washington and London have warned that exposure of the affair will further increase al-Qa’ida’s wariness, and make it even harder to find potential moles ready to risk their lives in such operations. To counter al-Qa’ida, "you have to protect your agents, and you have to protect the confidence" that foreign intelligence services have when they collaborate with…

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