Why on Earth are the Malaysians searching in the Straits of Malacca? According to the New Straits Times (can SE
Asia English papers think of more original titles?), they already have 4 boats there and are sending another four. "If there is indication of the flight's location there, we will also deploy our aircrafts there," the head of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency is quoted as saying. Apparently they're searching there due to the indications the plane might have headed back toward KUL
. I think I also heard the acting Transport Minister on CNN earlier today saying the Indonesians are helping in the Straits, too.
It seems fairly unlikely the 772 could have flown undetected right across the Malaysian peninsula, only to crash into the Straits of Malacca. Perhaps not the best use of resources.
I've been following the threads closely and I don't think this has been mentioned: that the Italian dude claims his passport was stolen by someone who was at least claiming to be Italian himself (his husband, no less...). From the Guardian, quoting Thai media:
"Mr Maraldi said he arrived on Phuket on March 1 and was planning to leave on March 15. On a holiday last year, he said, he lost his passport in a deal that went wrong at a Patong motorcycle rent shop.
The woman who ran the shop told Mr Maraldi that she had given his passport to an Italian man who ‘'said Mr Maraldi was his husband.’ "
Re the possibility of the two being spies, it is certainly one possibility. As someone pointed out the place should be crawling with Mossad, given the large Lebanese and Iranian communities in KL
. But it would be poor tradecraft for them to leave the country together and not separately. The circuitous routing into Europe does fit Mossad MO
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