Jamal al-Fadl

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Jamal al-Fadl, born in Sudan, was an early member of al-Qaeda, who, in 1996, was a "walk-in" to U.S intelligence. He testified in the 2001 trial of defendants for the 1998 bombings of U.S. Embassies in Africa, [1] and is now in the U.S. Witness Protection Program.[2]

He was reported to have jointed Osama bin Laden, in Pakistan, in 1988. [3]

While in Sudan, he said he witnessed attempts to buy uranium. [4]

Dissatisfied with his compensation, he was reported to have stolen USD $110,000 from al-Qaeda, and, while Osama bin Laden offered forgiveness if he returned the money, he decided to leave Sudan. [5] He came to a U.S. Embassy, variously reported to be in Nigeria[3] or Eritrea, [6] and offered information.


  1. Peter Bergen (2006), The Osama bin Laden I know: an Oral History of Al-Qaeda's Leader, Free Press, p. xii
  2. Bergen, p. 397
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Movements of Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl", Globalsecurity
  4. Bergen, pp. 338-339
  5. Bergen, pp. 154-155
  6. The Torture Question: Interview, Jack Cloonan, Public Broadcasting Service