The Danish agent, the Croatian blonde and the CIA plot to get al-Awlaki – CNN.com

A peek into the path t to find the American born al Qaeda cleric:

The story would not be out of place on the TV thriller “Homeland”: the Danish petty criminal turned double agent who receives $250,000 in cash for helping the CIA try to ensnare one of al Qaeda’s most wanted — by finding him a wife.

The wanted man was American-born al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who had become one of the most effective propagandists for the group. The bride-to-be was a pretty blonde from Croatia. The agent was Morten Storm, who had long moved in radical Islamist circles and had apparently won the trust of al-Awlaki during a stay in Yemen in 2006.

But unknown to his militant “brothers,” Storm had contacted Danish intelligence late in 2006 and offered his services. They had brought in the CIA. And when al-Awlaki fled the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, for a remote desert hide-out, Storm became one of the contacts the agency tried to use to pinpoint al-Awlaki and take him out of circulation.

via The Danish agent, the Croatian blonde and the CIA plot to get al-Awlaki – CNN.com.

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3 thoughts on “The Danish agent, the Croatian blonde and the CIA plot to get al-Awlaki – CNN.com

  1. First scanning through the title, I was reminded of one of those bad, thriller, double agent paperback novels that seem to frequent top bestseller lists every so often. Others seem to think Morten Storm’s story is just as fabricated, and it does sound a little suspicious. A petty criminal turned double agent working with the CIA for a suitcase of money to play matchmaker for an infamous terrorist, who just happens to be close friends with Storm? Then again, sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

    Poor plot aside, there were two main global implications I noticed in reading other article about this particular story. One interesting observation was the fact that Storm found al-Awlaki’s bride through Facebook on a group that was pro-Alwaki. She currently writes for an English al-Qaida online magazine. A quick search on my own Facebook account (likely registering me on online terrorist watch groups) didn’t pull up an immediate anti-American sites, though al-Alwaki showed up as a public figure. More and more, cyberterrorism has been becoming an issue in raising support, organizing attacks, and even providing instructions on how to create bombs. It seems little has been done, however, because freedom of speech could be compromised in several instances.

    Also, relating to diplomacy, is the issue that Denmark does not participate in any operations “aimed to taking civilian lives” and if Storm stands by his story, could lead to some diplomatic tensions between the peaceful Danes and the US, who allegedly worked with and paid Storm.

    from Wired, “Alleged CIA Mole Says He Played Matchmaker for Al-Qaida Propagandist” http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/10/awlaki-bride/

  2. Upon reflection, I wonder why would Morten Storm come forward now? Why on earth, knowing that, if it is true, then all of his former terrorist buddies will come after him and neither PET nor the CIA will back him up on his story?

    Another question, why won’t the CIA comment on the story? In talking with a friend, I reasoned that either it’s true, or that it’s irrelevant. My friend pointed out that the CIA could possibly want us to believe it’s true, when part or all of it isn’t, in order to draw public attention away from other elements of their work.

    It’s another espionage thing where as much as this story tells us, it deliberately creates more questions than it answers. Kennerly, you make some good points on the diplomatic issue for Denmark and the facebook aspect, who knows how we’ll deal with cyber-terrorism in the future.

    Either way, his story has been out of the news cycle, so my read on it is that Storm wanted his moment of fame and the agencies have no reason to stop him, for whatever reason.

    here’s ABC’s take

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/dane-morten-storm-al-qaeda-spy/story?id=17433436#.UIDCH29X3DV

  3. Ankit Lohani says:

    I am keenly looking forward to Hollywood’s take on this matter.

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