Outing of spy stuns security experts<br><br> <br>09.08.2004<br> <br><br>By PETER GRAFF<br><br>LONDON - The revelation that a mole within al Qaeda was exposed after Washington launched its "orange alert" this month has shocked security experts, who say the outing of the source may have set back the war on terror.<br><br>Reuters learned from Pakistani intelligence sources at the weekend that computer expert Mohammad Naeem Noor Khan, arrested secretly last month, was working under cover to help the authorities track down al Qaeda militants in Britain and the United States when his name appeared in newspapers around the world.<br><br>"After his capture he admitted being an al Qaeda member and agreed to send emails to his contacts," a Pakistani intelligence source said.<br><br>"He sent encoded emails and received encoded replies. He's a great hacker and even the US agents said he was a computer whiz."<br><br>Last weekend US officials said someone held secretly by Pakistan was the source of the bulk of the information justifying the alert.<br><br>The New York Times obtained Khan's name independently, and US officials confirmed it when it appeared in the paper the next morning.<br><br>None of those reports mentioned that Khan had been under cover helping the authorities catch al Qaeda suspects, and that his value in that regard was destroyed by making his name public.<br><br>A day later, Britain hastily rounded up terrorism suspects, some of whom are believed to have been in contact with Khan while he was under cover.<br><br>Washington has portrayed those arrests as a major success, saying one of the suspects, named Abu Musa al-Hindi or Abu Eissa al-Hindi, was a senior al Qaeda figure.<br><br>But British police have acknowledged the raids were carried out in a rush.<br><br>Suspects were dragged out of shops in daylight and caught in a high-speed car chase, instead of the usual procedure of catching them at home in the early morning when they can offer less resistance.<br><br>Security experts said they were shocked by the revelations that the source whose information led to the alert was identified within days, and that US officials had confirmed his name.<br><br>"The whole thing smacks of either incompetence or worse," said Tim Ripley, a security expert who writes for Jane's Defence publications.<br><br>"You have to ask: what are they doing compromising a deep mole within al Qaeda, when it's so difficult to get these guys in there in the first place?<br><br>"It goes against all the rules of counter-espionage, counter-terror-ism, running agents and so forth. It's not exactly cloak and dagger undercover work if it's on the front pages every time there's a development, is it?"<br><br>A source such as Khan - co-operating with the authorities while staying in active contact with trusting al Qaeda agents - would be among the most prized assets imaginable, he said.<br><br>"Running agents within a terrorist organisation is the Holy Grail of intelligence agencies. And to have it blown is a major setback which negates months and years of work, which may be difficult to recover."<br><br>Rolf Tophoven, head of the Institute for Terrorism Research and Security Policy in Essen, Germany, said allowing Khan's name to become public was "very unclever".<br><br>"If it is correct, then I would say it's another debacle of the American intelligence community. Maybe other serious sources could have been detected or guys could have been captured in the future" if Khan's identity had been protected, he said.<br><br>Britain has a policy of announcing security alerts only under narrow circumstances, when authorities have specific advice they can give the public to take action that will make them safer.<br><br>Home Secretary David Blunkett said there was "a difference between alerting the public to a specific threat and alarming people unnecessarily by passing on information indiscriminately".<br><br>Now, time for the spluge:<br><br>Anarchy divine.<br><br>~<br><br>Cry you digitally divided babies of the modern world (metaphorically speaking), cry conquest and sloppiness. Pray to Jesus, even knowing there's no deliverance.<br><br>4000 military troops at the 40 million dollar BS impeachment of common sense,<br>comin' at ya live, in a new dive aka Amerikugh the young, 200 year old land. Ruled by pond scum, shot into the arse of a lost again Jonestownish tribe,<br>tribal wars. Tribal life. Civil War reenactors.. such a farce. Heavily guarded warming tents for the homeland, whiping your arse for ya... <br><br>For you folks of college education.<br>How does a juggler not make sudden movements?<br>They threw a pie in Gate's face a few times.<br>Why not the other 'Merrican idol running rampant in this land<br>yer land<br>indian land<br>my land <br>for you and you and yoouuuuuuu....<br><br>: P<br>axisofjustice.org REPRESENT<br>8.9.2004 - Outing of spy stuns security experts<br>8.9.2004 - Freedom for Afghan and Iraqi Women?<br>8.9.2004 - Big Business Becoming Big Brother<br>8.6.2004 - The Art of Party Crashing<br>8.6.2004 - Winning Hearts, Minds and Firefights<br>8.6.2004 - Hiroshima Story<br>8.5.2004 - Army Gives Contract to Torture Scandal Company<br>8.5.2004 - Banding Together<br>8.5.2004 - Our "Manchurian Candidates"<br>8.4.2004 - They're Offended By the Offensive<br>8.4.2004 - The spread of racial profiling since 9-11<br>8.4.2004 - Unions Come to Wal-Mart?<br>8.3.2004 - Seeking a Visceral Impact<br>8.3.2004 - Despite the Whitewash, They Knew<br>8.3.2004 - 9/11 Screw-Ups<br>8.2.2004 - The Unbearable Costs of Empire<br>8.2.2004 - "Iraq is about to implode"<br>8.2.2004 - Going to War Against Bush<br>8.10.2004 - They'll Take Manhattan<br>Experts Warn of al-Qaida's 'Offspring'<br>8.10.2004 - Olympic Sponsor Crackdown<br>7.30.2004 - American Band Stands<br>War in Iraq prolonging Sudan genocide<br>Time of Misery<br>Afghanistan Could Implode (opium/heroine has fked this county called Broward... many families fked.)<br>7.29.2004 - NYC Cop Charged for Not Arresting Homeless<br>7.28.2004 - Cure a Sick Health Care System<br>7.28.2004 - Israel expands West Bank settlements<br>7.28.2004 - Why Aren't Candidates Talking About the Drug War? 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