Senior security sources in Britain have told the News of the World the row threatens to put Britain’s security at risk. They say American intelligence was vital in Operation Pathway — which thwarted a possible UK al Qaeda operation in April.
It also helped foil the plot to blow up an airplane flying out of Heathrow in 2006. Patrick Mercer, chairman of the House of Commons’ counter-terrorism sub-committee, also says: “We depend upon the US for much of our intelligence gathering. Gordon Brown must not let the co-operation be ruptured.
“To do so will endanger this country and its citizens.”
One security source revealed: “A large number of CIA agents are effectively British intelligence officers. They are doing a terribly important job.”
He addded that the FBI had joined forces with the CIA to show the US anger. The recent public letter from FBI director Robert Mueller lambasting the bomber’s release was written “because the CIA are so p****d off with us but dare not speak it, so the FBI are doing it instead. That is unprecedented.”
It looks like the SNP may have a lot to answer for.