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The documentary tells the real story of "Shariff," a 63-year-old informant for the FBI who is tasked with monitoring a Muslim convert, Khalifah al-Akili, in Pittsburgh.The FBI wants him to assess Akili's interest in attending a terrorist training camp abroad. The FBI doesn't know its informant agreed to be filmed for the documentary.The background: "Shariff" had worked for the FBI for over two decades and was earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in his prime. Training for FBI informants is apparently pretty rudimentary: The agency set up a Facebook account for "Shariff" to keep in touch with his target, but didn't show him how to use it.His FBI handlers' incompetence is shown to be responsible for blowing his cover for a second time, this time spectacularly, although Akili still ends up being jailed for eight years. Coincidentally, a U.S. man was arrested only two weeks ago for allegedly plotting an attack on Congress inspired by ISIS, according to the Justice Department and the FBI.
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