Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA by Morten Storm with Paul Cruickshank & Tim Lister
I first heard about Agent Storm from an online book review in the New York Times. Immediately, I knew I wanted to read this book – and I’m glad I did. Morten Storm provides amazing insight into working for Western intelligence agencies trying to track down Al Qaeda members.
Now, I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about Agent Storm’s story after I got my hands on the book. I didn’t understand why a secret agent would go public with his story and I was unsure about how truthful the information would be. This was a book, after all, written by a former spy. The co-authors Paul Cruickshank & Tim Lister detail the amount and types of material Storm had to corroborate his story in an author’s note at the beginning of the book. There are also photos of some of the corroborating material at the back of the book.
Agent Storm is the story about Morten Storm, a six-foot-one, red-headed man from Denmark who became radicalized soon after he converted to Islam. For 10 years, Storm befriended militant Islamists and became a trusted member within the inner circles of some radical clerics.
After Storm began to question is belief in Islam, the methods and targets of his militant friends and the last 10 years of his list, Morten Storm called the Danish Intelligence Service (PET) and asked for a meeting. Soon after, Storm was in contact with the British Intelligence Service (MI5 and MI6) and the United States Intelligence Service (CIA).
This book recounts the assignments Storm carried out for MI6 and the CIA. Storm describes how the agencies supplied him with laptops, cellphones, and other supplies rigged with tracking devices to pass on to militants. The also talk about Storm’s contributions that led to air strikes against “high value” Al Qaeda targets.
Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA is a captivating book. Not only does the book provide amazing insight into the life of one spy, but it will make you think about the methods intelligences agencies use to achieve their goals.
Agent Storm is available for checkout at the VC/UHV Library.
Review written by Amanda B.