An insider working with the U.S. and another unknown country broke up the al-Qaida bomb plot that developed in Yemen, NBC reports:
"It was managed so that it was not a threat," said one senior Obama administration official, who like the others spoke on condition of anonymity. “We were confident that we had inside control over any plot that might have been associated with this device.
“The device never got near an airplane. To our knowledge, it never got near an airplane or airport.” The bomb -- a refined version of an “underwear bomb” used in two previous failed terror plots -- was driven out of Yemen by the insider into Saudi Arabia. It is now in the hands of U.S. bomb experts at the FBI labs in Quantico, Va., where experts have been examining it for a week, the officials. The infiltrator also is safely out of Yemen.
The Associated Press found out about the plot last week but held off on reporting on it at the request of the Obama administration.