Though there were lapses and errors in judgment, there was "no smoking gun" in the case of an al-Qaida sympathizer who tried to blow up a U.S. jetliner, the president's top counterterrorism adviser said on Sunday. "There was no single piece of intelligence that said, 'this guy is going to get on a plane,'" insisted John Brennan, who is heading the administration's review of the Christmas Day bombing attempt. Brennan defended Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as well as the nation's intelligence agencies. "There's no evidence whatsoever that any agency or department was reluctant to share" the various "snippets" of information surrounding the would-be bomber, Brennan said.

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