London: A computer expert was paid more than 13 million pounds (about $21 million) after he fooled the CIA that he developed software to stop Al Qaeda attacks, a media report said.
Officials were so convinced by Dennis Montgomery that, acting on a tip-off from him, former president George Bush ordered passenger jets flying from London to be turned back over the Atlantic amid fears they were being hijacked, Daily Mail reported.
There was even talk of shooting down the jets because it was feared the 'hijackers' would crash them into US targets in 2003.
But the information, like other tip-offs supplied by Montgomery, 57, was false. On that occasion French officials were so angry at the supposed lapse in their security - one of the planes was headed for France - that they carried out their own probe into Montgomery's technology and found it was a hoax....more
06:46 PM, Feb 21, 2011