The Special Agent

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Ali Soufan, FBI

The FBI’s Ali Soufan specialized in al Qaeda investigations both before and after the 9/11 attacks. In 2002 he was sent to question Abu Zubaydah, a high-level jihadi captured in Pakistan. But after several rounds of interrogation at a secret site, Soufan was sidelined by a CIA contractor who had helped develop a new torture program for the agency.

About I Spy:  I Spy:  Spies don’t talk—it’s the cardinal rule of the business. But here at Foreign Policy, we get them to open up. On I Spy, we hear from the operations people: the spies who steal secrets, who kill adversaries, who turn agents into double agents. Each episode features one spy telling the story of one operation.  See All Episodes

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