Did A Sex Tape Create an Al-Qaeda Spy?

Al-Qaeda Sex Tape?Adam Rawnsley asks on the always intriguing WIRED’s Danger Room:

It’s one of the oldest tricks in the spying book: Tempt a guy with sex; record him in a compromising position, and then blackmail him into working for you. According to a new file released by WikiLeaks, that’s exactly what happened to one inmate there. But be wary of this espionage tale. As with a lot of Gitmo detainee accounts, the detainee’s history of trying to please interrogators and his experience being tortured make it difficult to say for sure what really happened.

Abd Al Rahim Abdul Raza Janko told interrogators at Guantanamo Bay that his journey into an al-Qaida guest house began with blackmail while he was studying Islamic law and Arabic literature in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He claimed Prince Fisal Sudid Qasmi invited him to hang out with his college friends at a local hotel. When he arrived, he said a raging sex party was already in progress and he promptly took part in it. Weeks later, Janko said Qasmi confronted him with a videotape of the party, threatening to send it to a television station or his family if he didn’t agree to spy for the UAE. The confrontation, according to Janko, kicked off an odyssey that began with him snooping on Filipino classmates’ plans to smuggle fighters back home and ended with him heading to Afghanistan in early 2000 to spy on al-Qaida.

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    Seriously, does this actually bother people? If you caught me having sex with a hot chick at a party I’d probably say you’re a jerk but if anything I doubt it would harm my reputation unless she was ugly or something similarly immoral or illegal was happening. But even then, would it be worth keeping quiet if it meant getting involved with terrorism? Bad choice man, bad choice.

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    Seriously, does this actually bother people? If you caught me having sex with a hot chick at a party I’d probably say you’re a jerk but if anything I doubt it would harm my reputation unless she was ugly or something similarly immoral or illegal was happening. But even then, would it be worth keeping quiet if it meant getting involved with terrorism? Bad choice man, bad choice.

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