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CIA Secretly Turned Gitmo Inmates Into Double Agents

'Penny Lane' program led to al-Qaeda leaders' deaths: officials

(Newser) - Guantanamo Bay contained "the worst of a very bad lot," according to Dick Cheney—and it was from this pool that CIA teams handpicked potential double agents, anonymous officials tell the AP . The program at Gitmo's "Penny Lane" facility, a secret cluster of eight cottages near... More »

Bomb-Plot Busting Double-Agent Is British

CIA not happy about this leak

(Newser) - Another tantalizing—and potentially damaging—tidbit has leaked about the double-agent who foiled an al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula underwear bomb plot. The agent is of Saudi descent but lived for years in Britain, where he spent some time with jihadist sympathizers and acquired a British passport, sources tell CNN... More »

Rebels Had Double Agent in Gadhafi's Security Force

Mahmoud Ben Jumaa tells his story

(Newser) - How did Libyan rebels take Tripoli with such apparent ease? It was thanks in part to men like Mahmoud Ben Jumaa, a senior member of Moammar Gadhafi’s personal security force and secret rebel agent, the Wall Street Journal reports. Since February, Ben Jumaa had been tipping resistance leaders in... More »

How a Nerdy Double Agent Fooled Hitler

New document sheds light on spy saga behind Normandy

(Newser) - Juan Pujol Garcia didn’t look much like a secret agent. “He was no James Bond—he was a balding, boring, unsmiling little man,” one former associate says. Yet his double-agent exploits helped end World War II. A new document, published yesterday for the first time by the... More »

CIA Bomber Made His Wife 'Proud'

But she had no idea he was involved with al-Qaeda

(Newser) - Defne Bayrak says she was shocked when she heard that her husband, Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, was the suspected bomber in the attack on the CIA, but thought it a fine death. “I am proud of my husband,” Bayrak, a Turkish author and translator, told CNN. “My husband... More »

CIA Suicide Bomber Was Double Agent

Agency thought Jordanian was spying on al-Zawahiri for US

(Newser) - The suicide bomber who killed seven senior CIA officials last week was a double agent the CIA thought was hunting down Ayman al-Zawahiri for the US. Intelligence officials tell NBC the culprit was Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, a doctor and al-Qaeda sympathizer arrested by Jordanian officials more than a year... More »

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