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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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