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Lee Rigby murder: Internet company accused of being a 'safe haven for terrorists'

An American internet company has been accused of being a 'safe haven for terrorists' after failing to pass on information which might have prevented the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

Fusilier Lee Rigby was murdered in May 2013 Credit: PA

Fusilier Rigby was mown down by a car and then stabbed to death by muslim converts Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale in Woolwich in south east London last year.

An investigation by a Parliamentary watchdog, the Intelligence and Security Committee, revealed the two men featured in seven different investigations by MI5, MI6 and GCHQ but were regarded as low-level threats.

Michael Adebowale Credit: Met Police

Adebowale expressed his intention to murder a soldier on an internet forum in the 'most graphic and emotive manner', said the report. But details only emerged after Fusilier Rigby's murder.

This was the exchange - not seen until after the attack - between Adebowale and an individual overseas in December 201. In this exchange, Adebowale told FOXTROT that he intended to murder a soldier. Had MI5 had access to this exchange, their investigation into Adebowale would have become a top priority.

– ISC Report

The internet firm was not named because information about Adebowale's postings were given to GCHQ on a confidential basis.

ISC chairman, Conservative MP Sir Malcolm Rifkind, said US-based internet companies do not co-operate with British intelligence agencies.

He also criticised the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, after it was alerted by the Kenyan authorities when Adebolajo tried to join the Somalian terror group Al-Shabaab.

SIS showed insufficient attention to what happened.

– Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Chair Intelligence & Security Committee