Under Secretary for Management, Patrick Kennedy, gave a teleconference briefing Sunday afternoon on the Department of State travel alert issued this weekend, indicating a heightened threat level in Europe. While slim on specifics (to be expected given the topic’s sensitivity), the briefing did underscore that this alert was the result of high-level discussions between European and American government leaders.

“We’ve had intensive discussions in the past few weeks about the nature of the ongoing threat with these key allies through various channels, including at the head of state, head of government level,” he said.

This alert comes on the heals of reports last week that al Qaeda and Taliban-affiliated terrorists are plotting a Mumbai-like attack in Europe.