APRIL 7, 2010 - Much ado about nothing? Maybe. Maybe not. A Qatari diplomat tried to sneak a smoke on board United Flight 663 bound for Denver. OR DID HE? Confusion abounds with conflicting reports. Mainstream media are saying now that the man was having a cigarette, but Douglas Hagmann (http://twitter.com/HagmannPI) reports the following via Twitter:
Just spoke with FBI agent re United Flight 663. "No misunderstanding" - Qatari diplomat tried to bring down plane. Media spin expected. (Approx. 10:10 PM CDT)
al MODADI has diplomatic immunity... http://homelandsecurityus.com/archives/3679 (9:50 PM CDT)
Qatar diplomat, Mohammed al MODADI - attempted to ignite explosive in his shoe aboard flight from DC to Denver - CONFIRMED. (9:49 PM CDT)
BREAKING NEWS - Attempted airline bombing - DC to Denver: http://homelandsecurityus.com/archives/3679 (approx. 8:50 PM CDT)
Hagmann reports this at Northeast Intelligence Networks (emphasis added):
Update 11:00 PM ET: “There is no misunderstanding,” according to a Federal Air Marshal speaking to Douglas J. Hagmann, Director of the Northeast Intelligence Network on the strict condition of anonymity. This was a clear incident of attempted terrorism, according to this source, who referenced news reports surfacing that al Modadi was involved in a “misunderstanding.” Mohammed al MODADI, 3rd Secretary and Vice-Consul at the Qatari Embassy in Washington, was subdued by at least one Federal Air Marshal aboard United Airlines flight 663 Wednesday night. The aircraft was carrying 157 passengers and 6 crew members, and landed in Denver at about 7:00 PM local time.
Officials: No explosives found on Denver-bound flight Chanel 5, Fayateville
NOTE: ABC reported that the Qatari diplomat was just sneaking a smoke in the plane's bathroom.
Federal air marshals subdued a man who authorities say attempted to "light his shoes on fire" on a United flight from Washington Reagan to Denver Wednesday night, federal law enforcement officials told ABC News....The suspect was identified by authorities as a diplomat in the Qatar embassy in Washington. Full Article, ABC News...
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