Ex-CIA man says missing plane could be in Middle East

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Ex-CIA man says missing plane could be in Middle East

By Jake Melder. CREATED Mar 15, 2014

The missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has been an enigma and grabbed the attention of millions. Now, a former CIA agent gives his thoughts to what might have happened to the plane.

Robert Koellisch spent more than twenty years with the CIA before retiring last September. He has been watching the stories on the missing jumbo jet and believes it could have been hijacked and sitting near an airstrip somewhere in the Middle East.

"Everything that has happened thus far has been a deliberate act,” Koellisch said. “So you would think - more than that - it's been taken somewhere."

The latest information we have on missing MA370 is that it was deliberately diverted. Whether it was part of a terrorist hijacking has yet to be determined.

But Koellisch, who spent many years in the Middle East and South Asia, says the plane could have been flown to airstrips in hostile countries. "With my background and experience in different regions of the world, I would suspect possibilities of Pakistan, Iran, maybe Yemen."

News of the two Iranian men who boarded the plane with stolen passports has Koellisch concerned.

"When I first heard that there was one passenger with a forged passport, that raised a flag,” he said. “But when heard there were two, sirens went off for me,"

He says the question of how the plane went missing needs to take a back seat. "The main thing is what's next, where's the plane, and where are the passengers? And those are questions we have to answer, and the intelligence community is going to be looking into that."

He says the people on board the plane may help answer why the plane was taken.

"Are there passengers on the plane that their interested in? Some scientists or people that have certain skills that they knew were going to be on board that they wanted to basically kidnap."

Koellisch stressed that these are just theories. He believes the questions he raises are the ones intelligence agencies are seeking to find.

He says those agencies will be using surveillance technology, as well as assets on the ground, to find out if the plane could have landed. 

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