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U.S. Official: Don't Know Yet if Hijacker Was a Real Terrorist

"We're still fleshing out the details," he said, citing several reports that the passenger might have been drunk.

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It is not yet clear whether the passenger who allegedly tried to hijack a plane to Sochi, Russia, on Friday was a terrorist or simply disturbed, a senior U.S. intelligence official told National Journal.

"We're still fleshing out the details,"  he said, citing several reports that the passenger might have been drunk.

 

According to news reports, a Pegasus Airlines plane landed at an Istanbul airport overnight after a passenger "said that there was a bomb on board" and insisted that the plane go to Sochi, where the Olympic games are just getting started.

CNN reported that Turkish Transportation Ministry official Habip Soluk said that "while the plane was in the air, one of the passengers said that there was a bomb on board and asked the plane to not land in Sabiha Gokcen (in Turkey) but rather to land in Sochi."

In congressional testimony this week, Matthew Olsen, the director of the National Counter-Terrorism Center, said the United States and Russia were working together on Sochi-related threat traffic. "We are sharing information with the Russians. They are sharing information with us," he said. "There's always more we could do in that regard, but as of right now, I would characterize that level of sharing as good."

 

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