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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Special congressional panel to investigate FBI contact with bin Laden -- By Guy Taylor, The Washington Times

Probe prompted by Washington Times report 

A special panel recently authorized by Congress to review the FBI's efforts to reform itself in the aftermath of the 9/11 Commission report will examine the case of a mole the agency had in direct contact with Osama bin Laden during the early 1990s, a key congressman said Wednesday.

The existence of the FBI mole and his dealings with bin Laden were omitted from the official investigations into the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks but were disclosed in an exclusive report Wednesday morning in The Washington Times.

Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican and chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the FBI, said the panel would take a close look at what came of the human source that the FBI's Los Angeles field office cultivated in 1993. The source's contributions, which included helping thwart a terrorist plot in Los Angeles, were never mentioned in the more than 500-page official report published in 2004 by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

In an interview with The Times on Wednesday evening, Mr. Wolf said the details surrounding the source represent "exactly the type of activity" that the newly established panel will examine.

The panel, which is also being dubbed a "commission," was created in late January under language Mr. Wolf crafted for Congress' 2013 omnibus appropriations bill that President Obama ultimately signed into law.

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