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CNN examines “A Double Life: The Spy Inside al Qaeda”

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour will speak exclusively to Aimen Dean, who as a teenager became an al Qaeda operative and later became a spy for MI6, in the cable news net’s ...
May 23, 2018

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour will speak exclusively to Aimen Dean, who as a teenager became an al Qaeda operative and later became a spy for MI6, in the cable news net’s upcoming Special Report,¬†A Double Life: The Spy Inside al Qaeda.

Airing on May 25 at 10 p.m. ET, the special reveals the account of the man who once pledged loyalty to Osama bin Laden. After two U.S. embassies were bombed in East Africa, Dean became disillusioned and spent eight years as a spy for British intelligence agency MI6.

He spent time undercover inside al Qaeda’s chemical weapons program in Afghanistan, and saved many lives by reporting to Western intelligence about¬†the terrorist organization’s plans to target New York City subway commuters, U.S. troops overseas, and luxury car drivers in London.

A Double Life, produced by CNN’s in-house documentary unit, is based partly on a soon-to-be published book written by Dean with CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank, and CNN’s Tim Lister.

The special’s executive producer is Jim Murphy, CNN’s vice president of programming.

A Double Life: The Spy Inside al Qaeda will also stream live on CNN’s mobile apps, CNNgo platform and on demand.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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