Sam Webb — The Daily Mirror March 26, 2016
Spy whistleblower Edward Snowden claims the terror attacks in Brussels could have been stopped because Turkey shared information about the killers with Belgian security forces.
The former US National Security Agency worker, who is described as a traitor by British and American intelligence services after leaking huge amounts of data relating to mass surveillance, was referring to reports that Turkey warned Belgium that some of the men behind the attacks were involved in terrorist activities.
Snowden, speaking from an undisclosed location in Russia at a video conference hosted in Tucson, Arizona by the University of Arizona College of Behavioral Sciences, also cited news stories that Russia warned the US about the Tsarnaev brothers, who were behind the Boston Marathon bombing, but the authorities did not take any action, reports Sabah.
A total of 31 people died and hundreds more were injured in the terror attacks on the Belgian capital, with ISIS later claiming responsibility.
Belgian newspaper Sudpresse has identified Mohamed Abrini as the ‘man in white’, who is now being hunted by French and Belgian police forces.
A Belgian film maker and journalist has been charged with terrorist murder after the Brussels terror attack. He has been identified as Faycal Cheffou, and has also been charged with participation in a terrorist group and attempted terrorist killings.
Meanwhile, it was revealed the brothers behind the atrocities in the Belgian capital on Tuesday were also on a US terror watchlist.
Ibrahim andKhalid El Bakraoui were both listed as potential terror threats on US databases. Police are still hunting other unidentified suspects linked to the atrocity.