Morten Storm, a Danish double agent claims to have not only found the late Al-Qaida leader for the Arabian Peninsula, Anwar al-Awlaki, a wife, but also claims to have led CIA to his location! Storm claims it was his help and contribution that led to Anwar al-Alwa
lki’s killing in the September 2011 drone strike in Yemen.
Morten Storm had become Muslim in 1997 and went to Yemen to study Quran and learn more about the religion shortly afterwards. While there, he married a local woman in 2000 and had a son with her. He was also working within the ranks of Al-Qaeda by that time and become quite trustworthy within the ranks. So much so that he was in direct contact with Anwar al Awlakithe Al-Qaeda Chief for the Arabian Peninsula. Some years later, however, he was not so sure of his choices and got separated from his wife. It was probably during this time that he was approached by the Danish intelligence agency PET who convinced him to change sides and work for them as a double agent and eventually helping out the American CIA.
Not aware of the shift in loyalties, Awlaki kept in touch with Storm going as far as discussing with him the need for marrying a Muslim woman from the West who would understand him and his lifestyle more than his two previous wives who were of Arab descent and lived in Sanaa, Yemen.
Morten Storm promised to help him and found Aminah, a Croatian convert through a group on Facebook that not only supported Al-Qaida but were ardent fans of Awlaki and his fiery and passionate sermons. In a series of videos, shown by Jyllands-Posten, Awlaki and Aimnah communicated their respective intents before reaching an agreement to marry.
Storm told his contacts in PET that he was arranging a marriage for Awlaki and they in turn informed CIA. Both the agencies thought it was a brilliant opportunity to get in track down Awlaki. Storm was approached by the CIA and brought on board, he claims, for an amount of $250,000.
Storm helped Aminah purchase a ticket to Yemen on Awlaki’s behalf and in the process gave her a bugged suitcase with a hidden tracking device. The suitcase did reach Yemen with Aminah and CIA paid Storm for a mission accomplished. But Al-Qaeda blotched the game in its care to maintain security and secrecy. Before taking the bride-to-be to Awlaki, they made her ditch her suitcase and hence the plan was foiled.
Morten Storm, however was still in touch with the unsuspecting Al-Qaida chief and remained in touch with him, eventually leading CIA to his location and subsequent death or so he claims.
PET has not confirmed Morten’s claims as per their policy, and even though he claims, President Obama is aware of him and his connections with Awlaki, the CIA and the White House have not commented on Storm's role in the death of Awlaki.
While the plan for Aminah to lead the U.S. to Awlaki failed, the marriage ended up working out. Aminah has reportedly taken up her husband's cause after his death, writing for the online terror magazine Inspire run by Al-Qaida.