The bombs were to be assembled on the aircraft, apparently with peroxide-based solution and everyday carry-on items such as a disposable camera or a music player, two American law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.As a reader, I didn't need to know this detail, and the law enforcement agents who leaked it to the press were obviously doing so against the wishes of British officials.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Britain asked that no information be released.
I know, I know -- terrorists supposedly know of these methods already. Perhaps. But British security officials may be less likely to pass along helpful info to us if they believe it's going to show up in an AP story within a few hours.