Agent Storm My Life Inside al Qaeda .pdf
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Title: Agent Storm: My Life Inside al-Qaeda
Author: Morten Storm & Paul Cruickshank & Tim Lister
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Morten Storm with
and Tim Lister
My Life inside al-Qaeda
Map of Yemen
1. Desert Road
2. Gangs, Girls, God
3. The Convert
Early 1997–Summer 1997
Late Summer 1997–Summer 1998
Summer 1998–Early 2000
6. Death to America
Early 2000–Spring 2002
7. Family Feuds
Summer 2002–Spring 2005
8. MI5 Comes to Luton
9. Meeting the Sheikh
Late 2005–Late Summer 2006
10. The Fall
Late Summer 2006–Spring 2007
11. Switching Sides
12. London Calling
13. From Langley with Love
Summer 2007–Early 2008
14. Cocaine and Allah
15. Clerical Terror
16. Killing Mr John
Autumn 2008–Spring 2009
17. Mujahideen Secrets
18. Anwar’s Blonde
19. A New Cover
20. Target Awlaki
Early 2011–Summer 2011
21. A Long Hot Summer
22. Breaking with Big Brother
23. Back in the Ring
24. The Lion’s Den
25. Operation Amanda
26. Chinese Whispers
27. A Spy in the Cold
Any spy who goes public will inevitably face scrutiny, especially one claiming to have worked as a
double agent for four Western intelligence services on some of their most sensitive counter-terrorism
operations after 9/11.
What makes Morten Storm’s story unique is the extraordinary amount of audiovisual evidence and
electronic communications he collected during his time as a spy, which both corroborate his story and
enrich his account.
This material, to which he gave us unfettered access, includes:
emails exchanged with the influential cleric Anwar al-Awlaki;
videos recorded by Awlaki and the Croatian woman who travels to Yemen to marry the cleric, a marriage arranged by Storm
even as Awlaki was being hunted by the US;
dozens of encrypted emails between Storm and terrorist operatives in Arabia and Africa that are still on the hard drives of his
records of money transfers to a terrorist in Somalia;
text messages with Danish intelligence officers still stored on his mobile phones;
secret recordings made by Storm of conversations with his Danish and US intelligence handlers, including a thirty-minute
recording of a meeting with a CIA agent in Denmark in 2011 during which several of Storm’s missions targeting terrorists were
handwritten mission notes;
video and photographs of Storm driving through Yemen’s tribal areas just after meeting Awlaki in 2008;
video of Storm with British and Danish intelligence agents in northern Sweden in 2010.
Unless otherwise stated in the endnotes all emails, letters, Facebook exchanges, text messages and
recordings of conversations quoted in the book are reproduced verbatim, including spelling and
grammatical mistakes. Some have been translated into English from Danish.
Storm also provided photographs taken with several of his Danish intelligence handlers in Iceland.
Reporters at the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten were able to confirm the identity of the agents
through their sources.
Several individuals mentioned in the book corroborated essential elements of Storm’s story. We
have not disclosed the full identity of some of them for their own safety. No Western intelligence
official was willing to go on the record.
Storm provided us with his passports, which include entry and exit visas for every trip outside
Europe described in the book from the year 2000 onwards. He also shared hotel invoices paid by
‘Mola Consult’, a front company used by Danish intelligence, which according to Denmark’s business
registry was dissolved just before he went public. Additionally he provided dozens of Western Union
receipts cataloguing payments by Danish intelligence (PET). His PET handlers listed Søborg – the
district in which PET is located in Copenhagen – on the paperwork.
We used pseudonyms for three people in the book to protect their safety or identity, which we make
clear at first reference. We have used only the first name of several others for security or legal
reasons. A dramatis personae is attached at the end of the book. The book includes Arabic phrases and
greetings; a translation is given at first reference.
We have added a number of photographs and other visual testimonies of Storm’s work in an archive
at the end of the book and a colour picture section. These include a photograph of a briefcase
containing a $250,000 reward from the CIA, handwritten notes from a meeting with Awlaki, decrypted
emails, money transfer receipts, and video images and pictures taken in Yemen’s Shabwa province on
trips to meet the cleric.
Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister, April 2014