Guest Post: Monkey Magic
Aimen Dean, nattily dubbed ‘The Spy Who Came in from al-Qaeda’ by the BBC gave a long interview to reporter Peter Marshall, an extract from which appeared on Tuesday’s Radio 4’s Today programme and BBC’s Hardtalk where he was interviewed by Stephen Sakur.
Aimen Dean is an alleged founder member of al-Qaeda, who changed tack in 1998 and became a spy for Britain’s security and intelligence services, MI5 and MI6.
Given the recent exposure by the Human Rights Advocacy group CAGE into the complicity of the British intelligence services in the radicallisation of Muhammad Emwazi, the timing of this story (given that Mr Dean was outed some years ago by the Americans) seemed a little desperate and convenient to act as a PR story for the MI5 into what they would regard as a success story. But is it a success story?