So says CNN:
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Information that led to heightened security for the New York City transit system was a hoax, government sources said Tuesday.
The sources said an informant in Iraq who provided the tip had told investigators about a terrorist plot involving New York’s subway system. That informant admitted he gave false information, the sources said.
Law enforcement sources said last week the person who passed along the New York tip also gave information that prompted a military operation in Iraq, which led to the arrests of three al Qaeda suspects in Musayyib, south of Baghdad.
Government sources said the three men arrested in Iraq with suspected links to the possible plot had been interviewed and underwent lie detector tests showing they knew nothing about such a plan.While many were quick to praise New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for fast action and criticize the Bush administration for muddled response, in hindsight the “intelligence officials” who tried to downplay the threat as “not credible” were right on the money.