Two worlds. Two identities and the ever-present, very real risk of death.
That was the life of Morten Storm, a radical Islamist turned double agent, who’s now lifting the lid on some of the world’s best-kept secrets.
By Nic Robertson, Ken Shiffman, Keith Lovely Jr. and Dana Ford—CNN
His life is the stuff of spy novels, and he talks about it in his book: „Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA,“ co-authored by CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister. Both men are CNN contributors.
He also recently sat down with CNN Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson.
I had these different names. I had different personalities,“ Storm said. „I was Morten Storm, Murad Storm, Abu Osama, Abu Mujahid.“
He was so trusted by senior al Qaeda leaders he once fixed one up with a European wife, all the while — Storm claims — working for Western intelligence agencies.
„For half a decade, I moved back and forth between two worlds and two identities — when one misplaced sentence could have cost me my life,“ he writes in the book. „Traveling between atheism and hardline Islam, English and Arabic.“
„It’s some kind of schizophrenic lifestyle,“ he said.