QUICKLET ON JOBY WARRICK'S THE TRIPLE AGENT: THE AL-QAEDA MOLE WHO INFILTRATED THE CIA
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ABOUT THE BOOK ?You'll treat me like a friend, right???Humam al-Balawi on the phone to his handler Ali bin Zeid before arriving at Camp Chapman December 30, 2009 was one of the deadliest days in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Seven CIA agents and a Jordanian Intelligence Officer were killed at Camp Chapman, the CIA's forward operating base in Khost, Afghanistan, which bordered Pakistan's tribal region. The individual responsible for the suicide bombing, Humam Khalil al-Balawi, was a trusted intelligence source that promised Washington access to the inner circle of al-Qaeda. Instead, al-Balawi delivered a devastating blow to the Global War on Terror and the intelligence-sharing network that drove it. The Triple Agent is one of the first publications to provide a detailed account of the events that resulted in the Camp Chapman bombing. In a gripping narrative constructed through interviews with U.S. and Jordanian intelligence officials, the families of the victims, and the family of Humam al-Balawi, Joby Warrick recounts the combination of human and institutional factors that enabled a man loyal to Jihad to gain the trust of intelligence agencies and carry out a martyrdom operation at a secure CIA installation. MEET THE AUTHOR Abigail Adams is a freelance researcher and writer that has covered national security, middle eastern affairs and the financial industry. Her work has appeared in The Jerusalem Report, The American Chronicle and eHow. She holds a B.A. from UMASS Amherst and a Certificate in Counter-Terrorism from Henley-Putnam University. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Three months later, al-Balawi was sent on an all-expenses paid trip to Pakistan. His job was to provide bin Zeid with information that would enable the Mukhabarat and the CIA to track wanted terrorists in Pakistan's tribal region.