- The "Double Agent." Evidently there was something "special" about the intelligence trail that caused the intercept of a bomb headed to the States from Yemen. The media are full of the story that a penetrant reached the heart of the operation and caused its failure. I am suspicious, 1-As he is described he would simply have been our agent or the Saudis', not a double agent. A double is someone who is "in play" for both sides. This man is described as being solely ours. But, the media are simpletons, so, what can one expect... 2- If this was actually a "leak" of the identity of an active penetrant, then great damage has been done to the US. Peter King has called for an investigation. If this story of the "leak" is true then he is correct in doing this. 3- On the other hand, perhaps some other element of intelligence work was the key to the success, and the story of the penetrant is "cover" to protect that source. King may be playing along with that. 4- Another possibility is that the "leak' is intended to inspire distrust among the jihadis.
We will never know the answer to this conundrum and we should not.