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If You Lie Down with Dogs, You Get Up with Fleas

Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 22:29 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

This is the danger of using questionable characters in the gathering of intelligence. You never really know who you’re getting.

The suicide bomber who killed seven Central Intelligence Agency employees and contractors and a Jordanian intelligence officer was a double agent the CIA had recruited to provide intelligence on senior al Qaeda leadership, according to current and former U.S. officials and an Afghan security official.

The officials said the bomber was a Jordanian doctor likely affiliated and working with al Qaeda.

The Afghan security official identified the bomber as Hammam Khalil Abu Mallal al-Balawi, who is also known as Abu Dujana al-Khurasani. The Pakistani Taliban also claimed that Mr. al-Balawi was the bomber, Arabic-language Web sites reported Monday.

Mr. al-Balawi was brought to the CIA’s base in Khost Province by the Jordanian intelligence official, Sharif Ali bin Zeid, who was working with the CIA, according to the Afghan security official.

Mr. bin Zeid must be very nervous right about now. His Jordanian superiors, presuming they can be trusted, had better look more closely at him.

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