Anwar Al-alwaki, a well known radical cleric with ties to the accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hassan, “Underwear Bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and three of the 9/11 hijackers was killed last year by a CIA drone strike in Yemen. Al-alwaki also holds the dubious distinction of being one of the first US citizens placed on the list of people the CIA was allowed to kill. In a story worthy of the silver screen, a Danish man claims to have led the CIA directly to Al-alwaki.
A 36-year-old Dane called Morten Storm says he was the man who led the CIA to Anwar al Awlaki, the al Qaeda cleric killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last year. And he says he did it with a computer thumb-drive that secretly contained a tracking device.
Among the evidence he’s produced: recorded telephone conversations, passport stamps showing multiple trips to Yemen, correspondence with Awlaki, and a recording of a conversation with an unidentified American – who acknowledges his role in the pursuit of Awlaki..
Perhaps not surprisingly, CIA officials have stated that a separate intelligence stream lead them to Al-alwaki. Storm clearly believes otherwise and stated to the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, “I am convinced that the CIA seized the messenger….. but the Americans apparently won’t recognize that it was an agent of PET and the small country, Denmark, which led to the detection of Anwar,”. One thing is all but certain though, and that’s the fact that we’ll probably never actually know what role Storm played in tracking down Al-alwaki, if he played one at all.