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Mike Levine

Washington, DC


Official: Abdulmutallab “Cooperating”

February 2, 2010 - 5:22 PM | by: Mike Levine
Umar F. Abdulmutallab

Umar F. Abdulmutallab

The Nigerian man who allegedly tried to blow up a plane on Christmas Day has been “cooperating” with authorities after he “started talking” to FBI interrogators last week, a law enforcement official told FOX News.

The official said 23-year-old Umar F. Abdulmutallab has been providing leads and “current, active intelligence” that the FBI has been able to use and chase down.

The official would not say exactly when Abdulmuttalab started talking or how often FBI interrogators have met with him.

“He knows what he faces, particularly life imprisonment,” the official said. “And that’s part of the incentive to talk.”

At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing earlier today, FBI Director Robert Mueller said Abdulmutallab was helpful even after being given his Miranda rights.

A debate has broken out on Capitol Hill and elsewhere over whether Abdulmutallab should have been “Mirandized” on Christmas Day after FBI interrogators interviewed him for a total of 50 minutes.

A federal grand jury in Detroit has since charged him with trying to detonate a weapon of mass destruction, among other offenses.