Google has finally admitted that it had a limited understanding of how al-Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood in particular, used social media to plot their attack.
In a statement, the company said it had been aware of an alleged plot to attack the U,S.
but “it was not our understanding at the time that the threat posed by the proposed attack was imminent or likely.”
Google’s statement said it was “disappointed” in the FBI’s decision to make the public statements on the matter, and it “will continue to cooperate with the U.”
Google said that it would be “appropriate to share any information regarding the FBI response” to the matter.
The company said the “U.S. Department of Justice has a strong record of transparency regarding their investigations and investigations have continued to grow and evolve over time.”
In February, the FBI released a summary of its investigation into the terror plot, in which it said that al-Zawahiri was involved.
In April, the Justice Department issued a memo stating that “a threat assessment” did not support a “specific credible threat of an attack on the U in the near future.”
The FBI and the Justice department have both declined to comment on the new allegations.