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Officials: FBI Cracked Bomb Suspect Through Family (Obama Betrays Abdulmutallabs With Leaks)
AP via The Houston Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, February 2, 2010 | Matt Apuzzo and Pete Yost

Posted on 02/02/2010 5:47:08 PM PST by kristinn

The Nigerian man accused of trying to use a bomb hidden in his underwear to bring down a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day has been cooperating with investigators since last week and has provided fresh intelligence in multiple terrorism investigations, officials said Tuesday.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's cooperation could prove to be a national security victory and a political vindication for President Barack Obama, who has been under fire from lawmakers who contend the administration botched the case by giving Abdulmutallab the right to remain silent, rather than interrogating him as a military prisoner.

In the days following the failed bombing, a pair of FBI agents flew to Nigeria and persuaded Abdulmutallab's family to help them. When the agents returned to the U.S., Abdulmutallab's family came, too, according to a senior administration official briefed on the case. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

FBI officials continue to question Abdulmutallab, working in collaboration with CIA and other intelligence authorities, the official said. Obama has received regular updates on the interrogation, according to the official.

While the interrogation continued, White House and intelligence officials quietly seethed as political rivals accused them of putting lives at risk. That criticism peaked last weekend when Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, in the weekly Republican address, accused the administration of having "a blind spot when it comes to the war on terrorism."

Collins said the administration "undoubtedly prevented the collection of valuable intelligence about future terrorist threats to our country."

Authorities had hoped to keep Abdulmutallab's cooperation secret while they continued to investigate his leads, but details began to trickle out during testimony on Capitol Hill, where FBI Director Robert Mueller and Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair confirmed authorities continued to get intelligence in Abdulmutallab's case.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abdulmutallab; americainperil; bhodoj; bhogwot; dianefeinstein; flight253; kenyanusurper; looselips; looselipskenyan; obama
Obama and his political hacks Axelrod, Emanuel and Jarrett couldn't wait to get this out. They probably tipped off Sen. Feinstein so she would ask the questions at the hearing that 'exposed' the cooperation.

Worse than that is the betrayal of the Abdulmutallab family members who have taken a huge risk by getting the bomber to cooperate. When they get home to Nigeria they'll be in great danger thanks to Obama and his hacks.

1 posted on 02/02/2010 5:47:09 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Obama is the greatest threat this country has ever had to endure. His regime will not end well.


2 posted on 02/02/2010 5:51:18 PM PST by the anti-mahdi
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To: kristinn

If this is a leak/lead on from the administration, I would question the validity of it. I don’t trust anything from this outfit. At least take it with a grain of salt.


3 posted on 02/02/2010 5:52:23 PM PST by davetex (Arm up, Ammo up, Practice up, We're on our own.)
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To: kristinn

Looks like the FBI did a great job considering the guy tried to detonate it on the plane. Nice work.


4 posted on 02/02/2010 5:53:20 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: kristinn

Just more Pure 100% BULL MANURE from the Most Dispicable WHITE HOUSE in al of Our History!! Pure Bullcrappo! The Muslim Terrorists passed the word to the Bomber to blab some Inanities to protect their Ultimate MOLE!! Yep!! You got IT! Barry Soetoro............:-(


5 posted on 02/02/2010 5:53:35 PM PST by True Republican Patriot (May GOD Continue to BLESS Our Great President George W. Bush!!)
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To: kristinn

I there had been other attacks of the same nature planned in the same time frame then Bambi’s decision would have cost many lives ... information gleaned after the fact would have been useless.


6 posted on 02/02/2010 5:56:06 PM PST by tx_eggman (Obama has "Czars" because men with more integrity than he has still use the titles "Don" and "Capo")
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To: kristinn

That was my reaction, too. There are a lot of Muslims in Nigeria, and they rule the roost. His family will be in terrible danger.

As I said on another thread, I doubt whether they really learned anything of value, since anyone the bomber knows about has had plenty of time to disperse and hide.

This is purely cosmetic, to fight back against criticism of Zero for reading thiss terrorist Miranda “rights” instead of grilling him.

Moreover, his father already tried to help once earlier—when he warned the U.S. that his son was associating with dangerous terrorists and shouldn’t be allowed to fly. He probably figured that would keep his son away from planes and out of trouble.


7 posted on 02/02/2010 5:57:30 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: kristinn

I wonder what kind of deal the Government cut to get him to talk. Of course, the info is over a month old now and stale intelligence data is probably useless.


8 posted on 02/02/2010 5:58:08 PM PST by antidemoncrat
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To: True Republican Patriot

Wouldn’t surprise me that this is all made up. Sure, the guy probably told them about a couple of pals of his that work at the 7/11 and Obama is now saying they got the motherload. Pffft... Yeah, and what a coincidence that Feinstein took this line of questioning to help facilitate this “leak”. It all a grand Kabuki.


9 posted on 02/02/2010 5:59:16 PM PST by Obadiah (Democrats and their life partners, the MSM)
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To: kristinn
They're not protecting our country. They're protecting Obama and his administration.
10 posted on 02/02/2010 6:00:46 PM PST by Mobties
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To: kristinn

I doubt his lawyer would let him speak without some fantastic deal being made.


11 posted on 02/02/2010 6:07:06 PM PST by umgud (I couldn't understand why the ball kept getting bigger......... then it hit me.)
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To: kristinn
He will not be executed as Gibbs stated, they cut a deal.
12 posted on 02/02/2010 6:10:19 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: Cicero

A house for them will be found in Alexandria, VA.


13 posted on 02/02/2010 6:11:23 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: umgud

He’ll get life.

He could not get death because it is not allowed in moonbat land. The whole process is to save poiltical asses from repercussions over a death penalty


14 posted on 02/02/2010 6:11:31 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Tax the poor. Taxes will give them a stake in society)
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To: kristinn

I hope it is true that they were able to get more info from the underpants bomber. We need that info to protect our country.

I do not agree that it vindicates the Obama administration however. It just means that they were lucky and got more info inspite of botching it in the beginning.

No one is going to say that they handled it correctly.


15 posted on 02/02/2010 6:11:35 PM PST by tirednvirginia
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To: kristinn

Dennis Blair was asked directly by a reporter today: “If we captured Osama bin Laden tonight, would we read him his Miranda Rights/”

The son of a bitch would NOT answer the question!

We are in deep trouble folks, and it’s a matter of time till we get hit again. There is no reason whatsoever to trust this crew in DC on anything.


16 posted on 02/02/2010 6:16:04 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts...)
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To: kristinn
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's cooperation could prove to be a national security victory and a political vindication for President Barack Obama...

LOL. Notice how Hussein's sycophants in the press go DIRECTLY FOR THE POLITICAL BENEFIT to Hussein?

This is coverup horsecrap. A pretend leak to make it look like Hussein is tough on terrorists. He isn't, and he isn't fooling anyone except the boobs who already believe everything he says anyway...

17 posted on 02/02/2010 6:17:16 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: kristinn

The terrorists know exactly what UFA knows.
And obviously he wasn’t the brightest bulb , so his knowledge, if any , is probably very limited.
Broadcasting that he is suddenly singing like a canary gives the the terrorists a heads up and jeopardizes any operations and operatives related to that info.
It’s bizarre that Mueller didn’t just say no comment or request that he be allowed to answer in private.
Unless he was instructed to go public by Barry and Eric.
Too bad that when it comes to revealing national security secrets Barry doesn’t advocate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.


18 posted on 02/02/2010 6:20:25 PM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: kristinn

Thank you Elli Light.


19 posted on 02/02/2010 6:22:07 PM PST by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: kristinn
When they get home to Nigeria they'll be in great danger thanks to Obama and his hacks. <<

Hell...They'll end up staying here!!....or worst case....go home with so much money it wouldn't matter....

Get with the program

20 posted on 02/02/2010 6:23:00 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: kristinn

Sure am glad to see that everybody was wrong about the Zero and he really is an American patriot that has are safety in mind at all times...I feel ill after typing that sentence.


21 posted on 02/02/2010 6:25:05 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: Wild Irish Rogue
The Obama administration is gushing to anyone in the White House press corps still working tonight.

A "senior administration official" blabbed and whined to ABC News:

SNIP

One of the principal reasons why his family came back is because they had complete trust in the US system of justice and believed that Umar Farouq would be treated fairly and appropriately," the senior official said. "And that they would be as well.”

SNIP

“There is a reason why these things are done the way they are done and believe me it frustrated the hell out of me to listen to a lot of the comments being made that were criticizing this process," the official said. "But the premium that this White House – that this president puts on these operations – is to make sure that we do everything possible to protect the American people.”

The official said "people with no experience and apparently less knowledge about the case and the issues involved have made it a cause célèbre . As though there were some type of strange practice or action that took place here. When it’s consistent with all the practices of the previous administration.”

Those who had access to Abdulmuttalab concluded that "putting him in front of somebody with a military uniform would have made him even more opposed to any type of cooperation," the official said. "The way to get to him is to use family members who are going to be supportive of what we’re trying to do”

The FBI agents involved in making the decisions "did it exactly the way they were trained to do, the way past practice has occurred without exception," the official said. "There were a lot of politicians who were speaking out who had not one lick of counterterrorism experience who were second-guessing the professionals who have engaged in these issues, very successfully and in a very dedicated fashion over the years. And to have a how-many-mile screwdriver from here to Detroit try to micromanage the process, I find it quite frankly appalling.”

The senior administration official expressed frustration that news of Abdulmuttalab's cooperation was revealed to the public today.

22 posted on 02/02/2010 6:33:44 PM PST by kristinn (A conspiracy of silence speaks louder than words.)
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To: crazyhorse691

I think nobama and his anti-American minions are just making this up to cover their arses because of their refusal to do anything intelligent about terrorists. Does anyone really trust this administration about anything. If they said it was raining outside, I’d have to look first before I’d believe them.


23 posted on 02/02/2010 6:34:58 PM PST by hal ogen
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To: kristinn

The FBI didn’t crack him at all. We knew all this stuff right aftere he was taken down (only because he or his handlers were incompetent and the - er, package - didn’t explode quite enough).

This is just to cover Bambi’s rosy backside.


24 posted on 02/02/2010 6:53:57 PM PST by livius
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To: kristinn
The official said "people with no experience and apparently less knowledge about the case and the issues involved have made it a cause célèbre . As though there were some type of strange practice or action that took place here. When it’s consistent with all the practices of the previous administration

Not so after procedures were put in place post "shoe bomber".

25 posted on 02/02/2010 6:55:05 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: kristinn; Liz; hoosiermama; STARWISE; onyx; SE Mom

PING!


26 posted on 02/02/2010 6:59:52 PM PST by maggief
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To: kristinn
i guess his "families" days will be numbered now...
27 posted on 02/02/2010 7:08:13 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: kristinn

Mueller (who was in previous Admin too) answered the question. WHY would Congress have hearings BEFORE a trial? Hard to know who is NOT to blame for these screw-ups.


28 posted on 02/02/2010 7:16:37 PM PST by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; Lady Jag; Slings and Arrows; maggief; Dog; BP2; Candor7; martin_fierro; ...

ping


29 posted on 02/02/2010 9:50:28 PM PST by bitt (One if by land, Two if by sea. Three if by CRIMINALS from Washington, D.C)
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To: kristinn
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's cooperation could prove to be a national security victory and a political vindication for President Barack Obama

Politicizing national security.

30 posted on 02/02/2010 9:53:45 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: kristinn

IMO, there is absolutely nothing the slimes in this Administration can do to calm the rage boiling in the American people; absolutely nothing. They’ve destroyed our economy and 1 in 7 Americans is unemployed. We The People are going to be subjected to taxes out the rear when most of us are already broke. I repeat, Zero and his Gestapo can do nothing to mollify or stop the tsunami that’s rolling to November.


31 posted on 02/02/2010 9:56:24 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: DTogo

Well put.

In other news, Murtha’s condition reported as “grave” by Marc Ambinder.


32 posted on 02/02/2010 9:58:09 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: bitt

Thanks for the ping!


33 posted on 02/02/2010 10:02:33 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: bitt; LucyT

http://www.modernghana.com/news/257271/1/nigerian-muslim-jihadist-and-al-qaida-ties-started.html

Excerpt, translated article:

...Most of the extremism Ulama in Northern Muslim Nigeria are benefactors of Alhaji Mutallab, Dr. Mutallab groomed extreme Muslim businesses in Saudi Arabia, He has extreme business in Dubai and he has extreme religious business in Yemen and he has business and property in Yemen. Alhaji Mutallab is the owner of the only Islamic Bank in Nigeria, Alhaji Mutallab has ties and interest in almost all the extremist muslim religious groups in Nigeria. He is a top leader of the Sharia movement COUNCIL in Nigeria. This guy is dangerous and he has gotten it hot and thats why he is running from pillar to post because he destroyed Nigeria with his corrupt ways and his muslim jihadist ideas for long time...

AND HE’S HELPING THE FBI?


34 posted on 02/02/2010 10:03:33 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: bitt; kristinn
Hey...don't worry. Barry & his Secretary of Homeland Security originally told us this was a single actor and that he wasn't part of a bigger plot or organization. The "system worked fine!" Don't jump to conclusions, etc and so on.

/s

35 posted on 02/02/2010 10:26:49 PM PST by rxsid (HOW CAN A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN'S STATUS BE "GOVERNED" BY GREAT BRITAIN? - Leo Donofrio (2009))
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To: Fred Nerks; Cicero; null and void; stockpirate; george76; PhilDragoo; Candor7; rxsid; MeekOneGOP; ..
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Officials: FBI Cracked Bomb Suspect Through Family (Obama Betrays Abdulmutallabs With Leaks)

The senior administration official expressed frustration that news of Abdulmuttalab's cooperation was revealed to the public today.

Article and #1, then #7 by Cicero, also #34 by Fred Nerks.

36 posted on 02/02/2010 11:05:34 PM PST by LucyT
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To: kristinn

“Those who had access to Abdulmuttalab concluded that “putting him in front of somebody with a military uniform would have made him even more opposed to any type of cooperation,” the official said.”

This is a ridiculous assumption—that the CIA or even military intelligence types questioning this bird would be wearing uniforms! Typical wet-behind-the-ears Obama official!


37 posted on 02/02/2010 11:23:00 PM PST by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: LucyT

http://www.saharareporters.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4660:this-decay-can-inflict-poetic-justice-alhaji-dr-mutallab&catid=81:external-contrib&Itemid=300

EXCERPT:

...Since Christmas Day when fate foiled 23-year old Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab’s attempt to bring down a jetliner over Detroit one has watched in dismay as his father, Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru AbdulMutallab and the rest of his family embarked on a subtle PR ploy to cast themselves as unfortunate victims of their son’s indiscretion. Some, particularly in the popular press seem to have bought into their ploy: In a side bar, The New York Times proclaimed: “Parents of Suspect Offer Help”. From his London base, one Eddie Iroh in comments made in Nigeria’s Next newspaper was quick to praise Mutallab, the father for alerting Nigerian authorities and the US Embassy in Nigeria that his son had gone AWOL.

My reading and assessment of Alhaji (Dr.) Mutallab’s alert is that he simply dialed 911 to for help that could bring his son back to him. The family statement confirmed as much: “We were hopeful that they would find and return him home”, it reads in part. The US Embassy cared less and rightly so, to use their system to help a man who pays neither tax nor tight to sustain it to look for his son and bring him home. That US authorities simply inserted the lad’s name into the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, or TIDE, the extensive collection of data on more than 500,000 people, instead of the “far smaller no-fly list, which has only 4,000 names, or the so-called selectee list of 14,000 names of people who are subjected to more thorough searches at checkpoints” underscores the validity of my assessment even further. As for the Nigerian authorities, it’s premature at this point to even bother to infer why they wouldn’t bate an eyelid in response to Mutallab’s distress call. That fact will unfold clearly a little later in this piece....

COMMENTS ARE INTERESTING:

Thank you for this article. The father himself is a an Islamic fundamentalist but of different persuasions, the type you find in the northern Nigeria - the Feudo-Caliphal establishment in northern Nigeria whose only investment in the Nigerian project is a lazy and parasitic dependency on other people’s oil in the Niger Delta’. Of course he was conscious of implication of his estranged terrorist son to his shady business interests and romance with the global terrorists, funding his numerous business empire - the Islamic bank which he has been trying to float for a while now and his ownership of First Bank, among others. So the only option he had was to self report the lost son (talk of sacrificial lamb!) so as to shift attention from his own crime in case the boy got caught. I hope the CIA will beyond this ‘acting’ and unravel the father’s link with the world terrorist groups.


38 posted on 02/02/2010 11:46:47 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: the anti-mahdi; kristinn

It will probably look like this???

http://www.usofearth.com/2011-obamas-coup-fails.php


39 posted on 02/03/2010 5:58:40 AM PST by danamco
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To: kristinn
Do you really believe that he cooperated and that he provided actionable intelligence? This is pure spin to counter the fact that they read this guy his Miranda rights 50 minutes into the interview after the bombing attempt. Then he clammed up.

Axelrod and Plouffe spread this propaganda. And I wonder what will happen to this guy after his plea bargaining. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.

40 posted on 02/03/2010 7:15:11 AM PST by kabar
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To: kristinn
Worse than that is the betrayal of the Abdulmutallab family members who have taken a huge risk by getting the bomber to cooperate. When they get home to Nigeria they'll be in great danger thanks to Obama and his hacks.

A heaping, steaming load of BS. HIS FATHER TURNED HIM IN TO THE US EMBASSY. IT IS WELL KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THE FAMILY HAS ALREADY CROSSED THE RUBICON ON THIS ISSUE.

41 posted on 02/03/2010 7:20:12 AM PST by kabar
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To: kristinn

Well...it took over a month, but the underwear bomber it appears, has finally been, um....debriefed.


42 posted on 02/03/2010 7:23:30 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: LucyT
MARK MY WORDS:

Before this is over 0bama will attempt to release the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone who has ever given any information to any CIA agent anywhere.

43 posted on 02/03/2010 7:27:56 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 377 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: kristinn
"Obama has received regular updates on the interrogation, according to the official."

That way he can pre-announce a victory tip off AQ when it's time to kill the Abdulmutallab family.

44 posted on 02/03/2010 1:33:47 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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