Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
FRIDAY, 25 APR 2014
08:10 AM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
22 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
Middle East
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Danish agent paid by CIA in Awlaki bride plot: report
Agence France Presse
A clip  from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)  focusing on slain Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. (File - AFP Photo/Site Intelligence Group)
A clip from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) focusing on slain Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. (File - AFP Photo/Site Intelligence Group)
A+ A-

COPENHAGEN: Denmark's intelligence agency PET on Monday declined to comment on a claim by one of its ex-agents that he paid $250,000 by the CIA to arrange a bride for top Al-Qaeda official Anwar al-Awlaqi in a plot to kill him.

Ex-PET agent Morten Storm told Jyllands-Posten that he was given a suitcase with $250,000 (193,000 euros) in cash after arranging for a Croatian woman to travel to Yemen so that she could become the Al-Qaeda operative's third wife.

"The goal was to find someone like him, with the same ideology and mentality," Storm said in a video interview published on Sunday on the paper's website.

The 36-year-old Muslim convert said he found the prospective bride, Aminah, through a Facebook group and met her in Vienna in March 2010.

In June that year she travelled to Sanaa, unaware that her bag was fitted with a tracking device that could have made her and Awlaqi the target of a US drone strike, the Danish double agent claimed.

The plot fell apart after she left Sanaa to meet her future husband without taking the bugged suitcase.

A drone killed Awlaqi, a US citizen, and several other Al-Qaeda fighters on September 30 last year in northern Yemen.

Storm said last week that PET was instrumental in locating the Al-Qaeda leader for the CIA, prompting criticism of the Danish agency.

Legal experts in Denmark suggested it may have acted illegally by helping the CIA kill a suspect, instead of arresting him and putting him on trial.

PET on Monday declined to comment on Storm's story, referring instead to a statement issued last week, where it said PET "neither can nor will publicly confirm whether specific individuals have been used as sources".

PET director Jakob Scharf denied the earlier allegations last week.

He said that when cooperating with authorities in other countries, PET "is extremely attentive towards not supplying information or acting in a way that in itself could permit an operation with the aim of killing a civilian."

 
Home Middle East
 
     
 
Denmark
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Thursday April 24, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Israel shows Zionism’s true colors
Michael Young
Michael Young
For Christians, blessed are the dividers
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
An Iran deal is close, but we’re not there yet
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS