MI5 FOIL BOMBERS BY CRACKING EMAIL CODE
By Brendan Abbott | August 15, 2009
MI5 believes it foiled an Al Qaeda attack in Britain after intercepting emails using “wedding” as code word for bomb, it was revealed yesterday.
Intelligence officers were convinced a series of ordinary-sounding messages actually referred to a planned terrorist strike around Easter, and that references to the bride “Nadia” was code for a vital component in an explosive device.
The emails were sent to one of 12 Pakistani men arrested in raids across the north-west of England in April.
None of the 12 was charged with any criminal offence but they remain in custody pending deportation to Pakistan. No explosives were found.
The emails were disclosed as Mr Justice Mitting – at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission – gave his reasons for refusing bail to five of the men at a hearing last month. There will be a full hearing later.