A possible Al Qaeda plot to launch an attack during the 10th anniversary weekend of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is “looking more and more like a goose chase,” a senior U.S. official told Fox News on Saturday.
Federal authorities have been questioning all day the credibility of a tip from a previously reliable source that that Al Qaeda had planned to attack Washington or New York, putting though both cities on high alert.
But authorities have not been able to corroborate any of the information from the source.
“The threat is looking less and less credible,” the official said, adding that the entire plot as outlined by the source “doesn’t seem feasible.”
Earlier Saturday, the head of the FBI’s Washington field office, James McJunkin, said he doesn’t expect that there will be any problem “over the anniversary weekend.”
If the the tip had not come on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, the intelligence community likely would not have acted and alerted the public to this degree, the senior official said.