Soufan has been well known as an expert commentator on a variety of international issues since he quit his post as an FBI special agent in 2005, publicly criticizing his colleagues at the CIA for nondisclosure of intelligence and the so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” or tortures, aimed at the prisoners of Guantanamo.
The infamous terrorist group al-Qaeda* planned a large terrorist strike on Israeli dance clubs in 2002, but it was foiled with the help of US intelligence operatives, Israeli newspaper Yediot Acharonot reported on Friday.
The information about the plot was obtained by operatives during interrogations of a Palestinian man apprehended in Afghanistan, an ex-FBI agent, Ali Soufan, who with other agents had followed al-Qaeda for the FBI both before and after the 9/11 attacks in September 2001, told the outlet.
Al-Qaeda reportedly expected that roughly 200 people would have been killed in the attacks, which were to take place at numerous clubs at the same time.
Soufan was reportedly one of the first to interrogate Abu Zubaydah once he was apprehended. The former agent attempted to include his lists from the same investigation in a book on his experiences on the job, but the CIA Information Security Unit disqualified that section, which was just recently allowed to be published.
He reportedly asked the alleged terrorist what he believed was the mistake he committed that prompted him to land in the custody of American special services, to which…