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Double agent provided intel for strikes

world Updated: Jan 06, 2010 08:48 IST
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A former senior intelligence official says the double agent who killed seven CIA employees in Afghanistan last week had provided information that led the CIA to kill a number of al-Qaida leaders.

The former official says Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi had provided high-quality intelligence that established his credibility with Jordanian and US intelligence.

The former official says that information led to drone-launched missiles strikes. CBS News first reported al-Balawi's connection to the missile strikes.

The attack at a CIA post in Afghanistan came after al-Balawi claimed he had information on Osama bin Laden's top deputy. The former official was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.