CAIRO – British Muslims have slammed the Muslim convert who worked for years as CIA undercover agent, accusing him of attempting to radicalize the Muslim community in the British cities of Birmingham and Luton.
“He [Morten Storm] did not have a correct understanding of Islam,” Abu-Easa Asif, the host of a weekly radio program on Muslim issues and a leader in the local Muslim community, told The Copenhagen Post.
“He held very extremist views.”
A Muslim convert, Storm, has unveiled earlier this week that he was an undercover agent for the Danish intelligence service (PET) and the CIA.
He told Jyllands-Posten daily that he was recruited by PET in 2006 to track down extremists in the Scandinavian country.
He also said that he led the CIA to Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone attack last year.
The convert moved to Luton in 1999, where he told community leaders that he wanted to start a new life after a history of extremism.
Asif, the Muslim leader said that the undercover had tried hard to spread his radical ideas in the Muslim community.
Storm was an “infiltrator” with “a very extremist view” of Islam who attempted to incite the youth of Birmingham into becoming radicals.
“I treated him like any Muslim would, fed him at my house and helped him when he needed help. This man was my friend and he let many people down,” Asif said.
“[Storm] helped to brainwash many with [the blessing of] PET, CIA and MI5.”
Asif said that Storm arrived in Birmingham as a paid agent of PET, with the knowledge of the British intelligence agency MI5 and the American CIA.
“He arrived in Birmingham with tonnes of money,” Asif said.
“He liked to flaunt it, often paying for others when out on the town.”
“He did a lot of travelling, to Denmark, to Yemen and so on,” he added.
“How could he afford this when he didn’t even have a job? He claimed his mother had won the lottery.”
Muslim in the British town of Luton also accused Storm of working to radicalize their community members, saying he created a splinter group in opposition to the moderate Luton Islamic Centre.
“He promoted active radicalization in Luton. There is no doubt about that,” Farasat Latif, a spokesperson for the Luton Islamic Centre, told Politiken newspaper.
Facing opposition from Luton Islamic Center, Storm went as far as to create a splinter group because the centre disavowed the actions of al-Awlaki and Osama bin Laden.
“He said that he wanted people to become militant,” Latif said.
“He encouraged a violent revolution against, in his eyes, corrupt foreign leaders.”
The CIA and FBI are used to use fake operations to trap what they say “potential terror” suspects.
But the technique has sparked anger among US Muslims, who accuse the two agencies of trapping young Muslims into terrorism.
In 2009, Muslim groups had threatened to suspend all contacts with the FBI over its tactics of sending informants into mosques to trap worshippers.
The small Luton town has a sizable Muslim community of some 28,000 out of a total population of 140,000.
Britain is home to a sizable Muslim minority of more than 2 million.
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