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Intelligence officials ‘laughed’ at al Qaeda 7/7 bomb link

Duncan Gardham
London Telegraph [1]
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Senior intelligence officials initially dismissed suggestions the July 7 bombings were al Qaeda linked, it has been claimed.

Chris Driver-Williams, a former senior IED analyst for the Defence Intelligence Staff said his claim provoked laughter at a meeting of intelligence agencies on the morning of the bombings.

One senior intelligence officer attending the Cobra meeting said the idea of an al Qaeda link was “absurd”.

“When I suggested this at Cobra, I was met with laughter. This was by people in the intelligence community who knew their onions,” Mr Driver-Williams said.

“Someone senior from an intelligence organisation said: ‘Who are you and what possibly qualifies you to come out with such an absurd statement?”‘

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