November 4th, 2013
01:18 PM ET

Former spy: Kenya mall attack 'could have been prevented'

By Paul Cruickshank, Tim Lister, and Nic Robertson

Editor's note: Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister are writing a book about Morten Storm and his life as a former informant on terrorist groups.

Western intelligence missed a chance to capture or kill the suspected terrorist thought to be behind the Nairobi mall massacre, according to a former informant for both the CIA and the Danish intelligence service.

Morten Storm, who worked as an informant for five years, had forged a close relationship with the man - a Kenyan called Ikrima - who has been responsible for planning attacks inside Kenya for Al-Shabaab.

Storm, a Danish national, told CNN that in March 2012 the Danish intelligence agency PET had offered him one million Danish krone ($200,000) on behalf of the CIA if he could lead them to Ikrima, the target of an unsuccessful operation by US Navy SEALs last month. The SEALs raided an Al-Shabaab compound at Barawe on the Somali coast, but Ikrima escaped.

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    I chuckle/cry whenever I think about the 'connect the dots' vs 'er ma gerd you cant do that to my privacy' arguments. Specifically when people act like they can do a better job from their armchairs. My chair too has arms, don't get me wrong, but a healthy exercise to do is to accept that it is a reasonable analog to their job , for you to try to do it from your arm chair. I mean you and they have basically the same info. Virtually none. So I challenge you to do their jobs, and do it better than they have, from your chair with nothing more than internet. You can actually be sort of effective but you quickly realize the squeaky wheel gets the grease and the big ones don't squeak till they hit the fan.
    Anything can be avoided. The question is were you equipped to avoid it when the opportunity presented itself.

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