The White House mounted a firm defense of America's top spy on Wednesday after he admitted on television he did not know about a purported terrorism plot foiled by Britain.
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was asked about the alleged plot, with ABC News's Diane Sawyer posing the questions: "First of all, London. How serious is it? Any implication that it was coming here?"
After a long pause, Clapper replied, "London?" and admitted he had not heard about the arrests of 12 men accused of planning an Al-Qaeda-inspired attack.
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