Report: Thwarted Al Qaeda 'bomber' was CIA informant
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 6:20
- Date May 8, 2012
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She is -- Fox News alert breaking news on that airline bombing plot a government source familiar with the intelligence tells Fox News tonight the would be bomber.
Was actually an informant working for an international sting operation US and Yemeni officials.
What's on the Associated Press that the informant was working for the CIA now that would explain.
How the agency was able to get access to the sophisticated underwear bomb before an attack was launched and why officials said the public was never in danger.
The device is now being analyzed by the FBI in Quantico Virginia but again back -- -- panel Steve.
That's significant that the actual bomber was apparently a CIA informant.
It's incredibly significant it shows I think high level of human intelligence penetration that we haven't had a -- police haven't known that we've had.
For quite some time and if you believe that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is in fact the most lethal al-Qaeda itself and our al-Qaeda franchise.
Now this is a pretty significant development it also as you suggest I mean you suggested this last night actually this very scenario.
I think our president who you are of course -- all -- -- look I think it did the administration had all sorts of -- of escape patches in its language when it was described in this back in real time at the end of April and this now explains why they said the things that they said in terms of we don't have any specific credible intelligence the public is not in danger.
It we all understand how why they were saying -- percent.
Much more as this investigation unfolds we want to turn to politics.
Late last night by Rick Santorum.
Mitt Romney the presumptive nominee and Republican Party -- torme wrote an email.
Down several graphs quote above all else we both agree that.
President Obama must be defeated the test would not be easy it will require all hands on deck of our nominee is to be victorious.
Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support.
To win this the most.
Critical election of our lifetime Jeff.
What about how this endorsement came about and what it means.
And I think this is what we call the fine print to is that at the very.
And when midway through this -- now it came out of shortly before midnight last night look I don't think there's any love lost between senator Santorum and governor Romney.
I'm not sure that the Romney campaign actually is that concerned about whether senator Santorum endorses them or not -- What they want is in the fall for him to be out there are sort of -- and some conservative groups that I'm not sure senator Santorum is -- himself.
Any favors just with the party establishment here he obviously would like some type of a speaking slot at the convention we'll see if he gets you know -- 11 PM slot after the you know -- prime time is over but at the end of the day I think it's sort of the last piece of us unfinished business of the primary campaign.
You know it's not that -- of a deal Romney is the nominee.
-- hiring of Romney campaign I think I give -- the speaking slot at exactly the same hour that he sent out his endorsement.
I can I didn't actually count I had my computer -- it.
Words into the email with -- point at which he got to endorsement to give you a sense of how long that is.
Two when Charles and I write a column we have 750 words so it took awhile to get to the point he did everything except for.
Send out a picture holding his nose.
Do you think the run a campaign cares now.
Now I'm not mean if they're gonna do it you might as well do it in assertive.
More full throated robust way.
But I I don't.
Think they care that much.
Big race tonight is in Indiana primary race and it looks like -- again.
Obviously we don't know yet that an incumbent could be in real trouble there.
I don't take any polling too seriously they're only ever snapshot of one moment in time but certainly the trend lines -- looking very good for us.
We believe we have a large majority of -- -- support.
It was a question of getting those votes in Republican primaries and we have nomination.
State treasurer Richard Murdoch.
Is looking strong heading into tonight against really a Hoosier legend -- Dick Lugar Lugar what about that race -- its significance.
I think it's a generational issue I think -- there is a line of the senate I think he's so very well he's been very important in.
Foreign affairs over these years but that doesn't appeal to voters he's been in there for very long time he's had a lot of moderate.
Opinions he's not a a Tea Party favorite and I think his time will likely will have come I mention any -- done differently in campaigning.
He usually is after all these years.
And I think she'll be -- Generation of this sort of somewhat right of center Republicans is an eclipse.
The other race -- tonight is the primary in Wisconsin Stevens and there is a real.
Battle for the union support and who they'll fall behind as this recall effort moves forward on June 5.
To oust a Republican Scott Walker be a very interest in potential dynamic coming out of democratic primary tonight where it looks like Tom Barrett.
This -- judging from recent polls is likely to win the mayor of Milwaukee was up seventeen points in a Marquette University poll.
Taken late last week.
Bear with somebody who has opposed by the unions and asked -- in particular unleashed what was from their perspective -- very tough.
Web video targeting Tom Barrett suggestion that he was no better than Scott Walker they didn't believe in collective bargaining they made the same deals.
After he was elected.
And that he wouldn't really be any different than Scott Walker so what you're gonna see now as you're gonna have to see unions.
Both public and some private use.
Swing around behind Tom Barrett and try to pretend that they haven't made this very tough case against him.
That they've made because Jeff and that's significant if you think you about the walker camp if there has to be this major shift in a short amount of time.
I think it's a short amount of time.
Is the real problem here your right if there is you know.
That time between now on the fall campaign -- this was in November election the shift would probably come -- but it is a quick amount of time in this we'll have an impact.
On the presidential race -- the bruised feelings coming out of the June.
Recall whoever is successful is going to have a lingering effects President Obama has a slight edge in the -- right now I would say but it's still a toss up in my view because of this recall.