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ClandesTime 185 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Morten Storm

Morten Storm is a Danish man who converted to Islam in the 1990s and got involved in the jihadi scene in Denmark, the UK, Yemen and Somalia. In 2006 he suffered a loss of faith, and turned to Danish intelligence and offered to help them fight the war on terror. He spent several years working for British and Danish intelligence, but was double-crossed by the CIA after he helped them find and kill Anwar al Awlaki. In this episode, I examine this story via Morten’s book and media interviews and show how his life fits a pattern of similar figures in the alternative history of Al Qaeda.

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ClandesTime 185 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Morten Storm

ClandesTime 185 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Morten Storm

Morten Storm is a Danish man who converted to Islam in the 1990s and got involved in the jihadi scene in Denmark, the UK, Yemen and Somalia. In 2006 he suffered a loss of faith, and turned to Danish intelligence and offered to help them fight the war on terror ...
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When the Producers of Downton Abbey Signed the Official Secrets Act

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ClandesTime 184 - Political Paralysis in the Information Age

ClandesTime 184 – Political Paralysis in the Information Age

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