- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 3, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI agents flew to Nigeria in the days following a failed Christmas Day terrorist attack and got the alleged bomber’s family to help them persuade him to cooperate.

It worked. A senior Obama administration official says the FBI and family members have been talking to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab for a week and he’s provided fresh intelligence for FBI terrorism investigations. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation.

The Obama administration has drawn criticism for its handling of the Christmas Day attack. Republicans say it showed terrorist suspects can’t be treated like criminals.

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