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He spied on al Qaeda from the inside, until he had to run for his life, by Robert Windrem (NBC News via Counter Extremism Project)

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Jun. 17, 2018

Aimen Dean was a double agent, feeding al Qaeda’s secrets to Western intelligence, but then someone spilled his secret.

“In both a new book and an interview with NBC News, a British spy inside al Qaeda says his cover was blown by a leak to reporters that likely emanated from Vice President Dick Cheney’s office. The leaked information ended his seven-and-a-half-year stint as a mole inside the terror group. The spy, who now goes by the name Aimen Dean, writes of his career and its dramatic end in ‘Nine Lives: My Time as the West’s Top Spy Inside al Qaeda,’ co-authored by Tim Lister and Paul Cruikshank and released in the U.S. Tuesday. Dean, a Saudi national who went to Bosnia to fight for al Qaeda at age 16, was an expert in weapons of mass destruction as well as the terror group’s complicated hierarchy. He writes in ‘Nine Lives’ of meeting both Osama Bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, on multiple occasions. He also met famed American jihadi Adam Gadahn, which would later come back to haunt him.”

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