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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:23 AM
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(UK) Police hit out at FBI over leaks
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,,185450...

Anti-terror police in Britain have made an angry request to their US counterparts asking them to stop leaking details of this month's suspected bomb plot over fears that it could jeopardise the chances of a successful prosecution and hamper the gathering of evidence.

The British security services, MI5 and MI6, are understood to be dismayed that a number of sensitive details surrounding the alleged plot - including an FBI estimate that as many as 50 people were involved - were leaked to the media.

FBI sources confirmed to The Observer that the bureau had been ordered to stop briefing at the request of the British authorities. 'The shutters have come down,' a bureau source said. 'We have been told not to discuss the case any more.'

The request for silence by the British authorities is an early sign that those involved in the investigation have concerns at the way their evidence-gathering is proceeding. It is understood that British anti-terror police wanted to prolong their observation of the suspects for as long as possible in a bid to gather sufficient evidence. There are now fears among some Scotland Yard officers that they may have acted too hastily when deciding to arrest the 24 suspects earlier this month. Although martydom videos and the components of a bomb have been recovered in the investigation, linking such evidence to all those arrested could still prove difficult.

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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:33 AM
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1. Through the Looking Glass...
Think about the reaction had the shoe been on the other foot.

Like the NYTimes and the NSA thing.
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 02:01 AM
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2. Silly British!
Don't they realize that nothing is more important than distracting any negative news of Herr Busch? I mean, a person could almost believe the Brits are serious about fighting terror, instead of using it for political gain, and spreading tax-payer's dollars among Chimp's cronies. What outrage is next, fair elections?
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:15 AM
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3. duplicate
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