From Student to Spy, And Back Again

An American community college student who converted to Islam before 9/11 emails the CIA and volunteers himself as a spy:

“At the time of his email, intelligence agencies were eager to exploit an opportunity presented by the capture of John Walker Lindh, a U.S. citizen who had converted to Islam and gone abroad to join the Taliban. Intelligence officials believed other American citizens could pose as converts and infiltrate terrorist networks abroad.

“Jara’s email landed at the right moment. An FBI agent and a CIA officer drove to his home and enlisted the eager 26-year-old as a contract employee.”

Published: Mar 18, 2013
Length: 8 minutes (2,202 words)
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