MI6 told agent it couldn't kill al-Qaeda leader 'because assassinations are a breach of British law'Morten Storm could have murdered Anwar al-Awlaki but claims he was told by London: 'We don’t involve ourselves in killings abroad'The Dane then took his plans to the CIA and Britain cut him off completelyAl-Awlaki preached to the 9/11 hijackers and inspired 7/7 bombersStorm was so close to him he set Anwar al-Awlaki up with his third wife in an elaborate plot to track him down and kill him
America eventually assassinated him in a 2011 drone attack
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Claims: MI6 spy Morten Storm could have killed terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki but Britain said no, he says
British secret services then cut Storm off completely when he approached the Americans instead, he has claimed.
A source told the Daily Telegraph that no spy can kill anyone without permission from the Foreign Secretary.
Advice says 'Lethal
force' can only be used in those circumstances in an 'emergency or
crisis which causes danger to the UK or its citizens' – which means it
has not been used for decades, the source added.
The CIA went on to assassinate al-Awlaki in a drone attack because he was known to have preached to the 9/11 hijackers and his videos were found across Britain in terrorist homes and in an extreme bookshop used by the 7/7 attackers.
Made for each other Storm says he conducted an
exchange of videos between Awlaki and Aminah, in which they talked about
her becoming his third wife
Storm and al-Awlaki, who was a U.S. citizen and lived in the UK for two years, became so close
he was offered $250,000 by the CIA to find a wife for Awlaki – who
already had two – in an effort to track him down.
To do this, Storm turned to Facebook, and found 'Aminah' – who said she was a fan of Awlaki.
He then orchestrated an exchange of video messages between the two, and – despite an assassination order on Awlaki from the U.S. – they agreed to marry.
But while successful in its early stages, the rest of the CIA's plot was thwarted.
Storm suffered a troubled childhood, drifting through drugs and into crime.
In 1997, the Dane said that he converted in prison to Islam and upon leaving moved to Yemen to study the Koran.
He added that in 2000 he married a Yemeni woman with whom he had a son named Osama.
It is understood in 2006, he had a
dramatic and unexplained change of heart and was turned double agent by
the Danish intelligence service, PET.
Dead: Anwar al-Awlaki (left and right) was killed in a
drone attack in Yemen in September 2011 – Morten Storm claims it was
directly helped by him
After five years, Storm claimed to
have worked his way to the top of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's
inner circle and gained direct access to al-Awlaki.
Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico,
had become the lead figure for al-Qaeda and the offshoot al-Qaeda in the
Arabian Peninsula in the years after Osama bin Laden went into hiding.
Before his death, he was believed to
be responsible for persuading Nigerian terrorist Omar Farouk
Abdulmuttalab to conceal explosives in his underwear which he tried to
use to blow up a Detroit-bound plane on December 25th, 2009.
He also played a role in the 2009
Fort Hood massacre and the failed plot by Faisal Shahzad to detonate an
SUV filled with explosives on May 1, 2010.
The CIA plan he orchestrated, Morton says, was to
plant a tracking device on Aminah's luggage when she came to Yemen to
meet her new husband – which would lead the agency directly to Awlaki's
In a video appearing on the site of
Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, she said: 'I would go with him
anywhere. I am 32 years old and I am ready for dangerous things. I’m not
afraid of death or to die in the sake of Allah.'
Croatian Aminah, who used to work with disabled children in Zagreb, also adds: 'I feel nervous. This is very awkward for me. I just taped this so you can see how I look.'
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In his reply, Awlaki – who had specifically requested a white Muslim convert to be his 'companion in hiding' – said: 'If you can live in difficult conditions, do not mind loneliness and can live with restrictions on your communication with others, then that is great.'
He also mentions an associate, purported to be Storm, saying: 'The brother who is carrying this video is a trustworthy brother.'
The pair exchanged encrypted video messages, with Awlaki saying in one: 'I currently do not live in a tent, but in a house [that] belongs to a friend. I'm not leaving the house and am in a situation for my wife to be with me all the time. I prefer this residence [to] a tent in the mountains because it gives me ability to read, write and research.'
At a meeting in Vienna, Austria, Storm showed Aminah a video recording made by Awlaki, who was dressed in white robes in front of a pink background with a floral motif.
In it he says: 'This recording is done specifically for Sister Aminah at her request. I pray Allah guides to that which is best for you in this life and in the hereafter. And guides you to choose what is better for you regarding this proposal.'
Storm said Aminah burst into tears when after watching the video.