The Washington Post reported late Monday afternoon that Obama administration officials were saying for the first time that Saturday night's attempt to detonate a car bomb in New York City's Times Square has foreign links.
If true, the report was the first time that officials actively have acknowledged the potential of a foreign-linked terrorist plot. Previously, some officials seemed to discourage the notion.
But there was also little definition of what a foreign "link" might mean. Officials quoted in the story said it didn't necessarily mean direct al-Qaida involvement.
The Post story says that "The failed car bombing in Times Square increasingly appears to have been coordinated by several people in a plot with international links, Obama administration officials said Monday..
"The disclosure, while tentative, came as the White House intensified its focus on the Saturday incident in New York City, in which explosives inside a Nissan Pathfinder were set ablaze but failed to detonate at the tourist-crowded corner of Broadway and 45th Street."
The Post story also quotes an unnamed official: "Don't be surprised if you find a foreign nexus . . . They're looking at some telltale signs and they're saying it's pointing in that direction."
"Officials cautioned that even if the investigation points toward an international link, rather than domestic or anti-government groups, that does not mean al-Qaida or another terrorist organization is necessarily involved."
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