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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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