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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Terrorism cannot be ruled out, says CIA

Published on Mar 11, 2014 11:59 PM
Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan takes questions from the audience after addressing the Council on Foreign Relations March 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.  --PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency said Tuesday that terrorism could not be ruled out in the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner, describing the plane’s fate as a “mystery.” CIA Director John Brennan said there had been reports of claims of responsibility for downing the missing jet, but stressed that these were far from confirmed.

“I think there’s a lot of speculation right now – some claims of responsibility that have not been, you know, confirmed or corroborated at all,” he said.
“We are looking at it very carefully.” Brennan provided no further details, but his comment was the first reference by a US official to any alleged claim of responsibility over the jet’s fate. When asked if he could rule out a terrorist link, Brennan said: “No, I wouldn’t rule it out.”

The former counter-terrorism adviser to President Barack Obama stressed that it was too early to draw any conclusions about the Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished
Saturday with 239 people on board after taking from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing. “Clearly this is still a mystery,” he said.

There were a host of unanswered questions including why the plane’s transponder stopped emitting signals and what was the role of passengers carrying stolen passports, he said.
“There are a number of very curious anomalies about all of this...You know, did it turn around? You know, were the individuals with these stolen passports in any way involved?”

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