Wednesday 28 January 2015

CIA director says cannot rule out terrorism on Malaysia plane

Published 11/03/2014 | 16:33

Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan faces members of the Senate Intelligence Committee as he testifies before a hearing on his nomination to be the director of the CIA, on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this February 7, 2013 file photo. The U.S. Senate on March 7, 2013 confirmed Brennan as the Obama administration's next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Senate voted 63-34 in favor of Brennan, overcoming  Republican Senator Rand Paul's attempt to slow the White House counter-terrorism advisor from becoming the next head of the CIA.  REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)
John Brennan

The director of the Central Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday intelligence officials could not rule out terrorism as a factor in the disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines plane.

"You cannot discount any theory, " CIA Director John Brennan said during rare public comments in Washington.

A massive search operation for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER has so far found no trace of the aircraft or the 239 passengers and crew since it was reported missing on Saturday.

The head of international police agency Interpol said on Tuesday he did not believe the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane at the weekend was a terrorist incident.

Brennan, asked about the plane at a Council on Foreign Relations event, said terrorism could not yet be ruled out.

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