Agent Storm: A Spy Inside al-Qaeda Paperback – Bargain Price, 5 Mar 2015
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Revelatory, extraordinary . . . There are not others [books] in which the main protagonist has also played such an extensive role for western security services, and, more crucially, is prepared to reveal so much (Jason Burke Guardian)
A rollicking read and a rare insider's account of Western spying in the age of Al Qaeda, where the risk if exposed is not Cold War-style expulsion but gruesome execution (New York Times)
You couldn't make it up . . . Agent Storm couldn't really be less like Bond (Christina Lamb Sunday Times)
Gripping (Publishers Weekly)
Reads like a screenplay for a James Bond movie written by Joel and Ethan Coen (Washington Post)
Morten Storm's account of his nerve-wracking life spying on Al Qaeda for Western intelligence gives us the most detailed, compelling, and human look at modern espionage in the lethal world of jihadist terrorism that we are likely to get' (Mark Stout, former CIA officer and Director)
Opens a unique window onto bleak interlocking landscapes-the radicalization of European Muslims that has now been energized by the Syrian civil war, the leadership and organization of global jihad, and the twilight struggle waged by western intelligence agencies against an elusive and implacable enemy." (Steven Simon, bestselling co-author of The Age of Sacred Terror and The Next Attack)
Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank, and Tim Lister tell an astonishing and unknown tale of the exploits, change of allegiances, double crosses and inner workings of both al Qaeda terrorist groups and the Western intelligence agencies charged with stopping them. Hard to put down (Mitch Silber, former Director of Intelligence Analysis at the NYPD and author of The Al Qaeda Factor)
Remarkable. As a true spy-story, this book brings you incredibly close to what it actually takes to be an extremist and get into a terrorist group while balancing loyalty and treachery in the world of intelligence. Essential reading for everyone interested in how the war on terrorism is actually fought in the shadows. (Dr. Magnus Ranstorp, a leading expert on international terrorism)
About the Author
Born in Denmark, Morten Storm converted to radical Islam and became deeply embedded in the al-Qaeda underworld. He then lost his faith and turned double agent for the West. He became the CIA's most valued informant, entrusted with missions targeting several of the world's most dangerous al-Qaeda terrorists. He now lives in hiding in the UK. This memoir is told with renowned British investigative journalists and al-Qaeda experts Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister of CNN.
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Morton (later Murad) Storm's journey from a dysfunctional home and unhappy childhood in Denmark to petty criminality, graduating to a biker gang and more serious criminal enterprises to converting to Islam and becoming a 'fundamentalist/jihadist' before becoming a PET (Danish Secret Service)/CIA/MI5/6 operative is truly extraordinary (or is it?). He describes how he became friends and networked with other 'fundamentalists' throughout his life and subsequently how some of these associates would become leading figures in Al Qaeda, al Shabaab and other organisations (such as Anwar al-Awlaki) whilst travelling to Yemen, the UK and various other places and how he would eventually aid in their elimination.
I was totally enthralled by the story and once you start reading this book you will not want to put it down. I was surprised by how much information Storm could remember and how the various security services work together (not only to help each other but in competition) and some of the things that they do. What also surprised me is the ease at which Storm (even when he was a criminal in Denmark and had just converted to Islam) travelled around, especially to the UK, without raising alarm (albeit in some cases prior to 9/11). I find this worrying but not altogether shocking. The only minor flaw in this story was how Storm suddenly decided that he no longer wanted to be part of the 'fundamentalist/jihadist' cause but I suspect this was Storm's character (always looking for somewhere to belong but rejecting it when it did not live up to his expectation).
I am not a security analyst so I will leave it to them to analyse whether this story is 100% legitimate. As far as I am concerned, even if it is 80% accurate, it is still an excellent, exciting and compelling read.
A must read in todays world.
Authorities think they do but too much emphasis is being put on integration, community cohesion when clearly those people are abusing the systems to fund terrorism line there own pockets expecting decent law abiding citizens to foot the bill completely wrong.
Deal with them as criminals, revoke their citizenship and confiscate there passport send them back to where they came from or birth nation of there parents.
UK. cannot afford to keep haemorrhaging money as described when essential critical services need to be fixed here. It's clear having saved thousands of lives his value was not recognised or rewarded as it should have been.