US intelligence chief declines comment on alleged Qaeda plot

“Washington’s top intelligence official on Wednesday refused to comment on reports that western intelligence agencies had uncovered an Al-Qaeda plot to launch attacks in Europe and the United States.

‘We are not going to comment on specific intelligence, as doing so threatens to undermine intelligence operations that are critical to protecting the US and our allies,’ said US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in a statement.

‘As we have repeatedly said, we know AQ wants to attack Europe and the United States. We continue to work closely with our European allies on the threat from international terrorism, including Al-Qaeda.’

Clapper added: ‘Information is routinely shared between the US and our key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.'”

(AFP: US intelligence chief declines comment on alleged Qaeda plot)

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