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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

How a Jordanian double agent murdered 7 CIA officers and a Jordanian asset

The Associated Press reports on how a Jordanian double agent penetrated a CIA forward base on the Afghanistan - Pakistan border and murdered seven CIA officers and a Jordanian 'asset' who was working with them.
The bombing killed seven CIA employees - four officers and three contracted security guards - and a Jordanian intelligence officer, Ali bin Zaid, according to a second former US intelligence official. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the incident.

The former senior intelligence official and the foreign official said the bomber was Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, a 36-year old doctor from Zarqa, Jordan, who had been recruited by Jordanian intelligence. Zarqa is the hometown of slain al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. NBC News first reported the bomber's identity.

He was arrested more than a year ago by Jordanian intelligence and was thought to have been persuaded to support US and Jordanian efforts against al-Qaida, according to the NBC report. He was invited to Camp Chapman, a tightly secured CIA forward base in Khost province on the fractious Afghan-Pakistan frontier, because he was offering urgent information to track down Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden's right-hand man [pictured. CiJ].

The CIA declined to comment on the report.


Al-Balawi was not searched for bombs when he got onto Camp Chapman, according to both former officials and a current intelligence official.

He detonated the explosive shortly after his debriefing began, according to one of the former intelligence officials. In addition to the eight dead, there were at least six wounded, according to the CIA.

The former senior intelligence official said one of the big unanswered questions is why so many people were present for the debriefing - the interview of the source - when the explosive was detonated.

A half-dozen former CIA officers told The Associated Press that in most cases, only one or two agency officers would typically meet with a possible informant along with an interpreter. Such small meetings would normally be used to limit the danger and the possible exposure of the identities of both officers and informants.
Read the whole thing. We will likely never know why this guy wasn't searched and why so many people were present at that meeting. And no one will ever raise the possibility that the other Jordanian was in on it. But I will. Think about it.


At 2:40 PM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...


At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How's that partnership working out for you, America?

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

What is "Occupation,"

If you're referring to Ali Bin Zaid (the Jordanian intelligence officer - not the bomber), he was probably NOT a 'Palestinian.' In the part of the article that I didn't post, it mentions that Bin Zaid is a relative of King Abdullah's. Since the royal family is not 'Palestinian,' Bin Zaid was also presumably not 'Palestinian.'

On the other hand, al-Bilawi (the suicide bomber) might have been a 'Palestinian.' The odds are 70-30 in favor.

At 4:23 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

The whitewashing of Jordan by giving the illusion they are key players in the war on terror began with President Bush.

Jordan received many kickbacks from Saddam Husein. If in fact they did help a bit in the supposed war on terror it was only cosmetic as not to tarnish their already phony stellar image.

Bottom line:
King Abdullah greeted the casket of the terrorist who killed our CIA officers! He did it because he CAN....

In the mean time no head of state including the President of the United States will knit-pick Jordan's questionable alliances because they are too busy knit-picking Israel into further pariah status.

At 7:05 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The point is the CIA should have considered Al Qaeda turned him or he turned to Al Qaeda. They failed to do their homework. It was just inexcusable. In the spy world, there's no such thing as permanent alliances or trusted assets.


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