EXCERPT: "US President Barack Obama's top aide on intelligence appeared to be completely unaware in a television interview of the arrests this week of 12 men accused of plotting an Al-Qaeda-inspired attack. US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was asked about the attacks, with ABC News interviewer 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?"
Earlier excerpts of the interview with Obama's national security team including Clapper, chief counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had focused on the trio insisting the plots were no threat to the United States.