A spy working for Canadian intelligence had smuggled Shamima Begum and two of her other friends to Syria from the UK, a new book claims in a bombshell revelation.
Ms Begum was 15 in 2015 when she and two other schoolgirls from London – Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15 – traveled to Syria to join Isis.
Ms. Begum claimed to have been trafficked to Syria.
Investigators have learned that the teens were trafficked to Syria by a double agent who worked for ISIS and Canadian intelligence, according to excerpts from the forthcoming book, The Secret History of the Five Eyespublished by several media.
The book is written by Richard Kerbaj, a former security correspondent for The Sunday Times. Its title refers to the Five Eyes Western alliance of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The book claims Canada remained silent even as Scotland Yard conducted a frantic international search and called on the UK to cover up its role. Canada reportedly hired a human trafficker to better understand the terrorist group’s recruitment of its own citizens.
Mr. Kerbaj’s book is based on interviews with world leaders and more than 100 intelligence officials.
The BBC also reported that a senior intelligence officer confirmed that double agent Mohammed Al Rasheed was providing information to Canadian intelligence services while smuggling people to Isis.
He said the information he collected about people who wanted to go to Syria was passed on to the Canadian Embassy in Jordan.
The book also said the UK conspired with Canada to cover up its role in the girls’ disappearance.
Canada hired Mr Rasheed as an agent when he applied for asylum at the Canadian embassy, according to the book.
The book quotes an unidentified source saying, “CSIS [Canadian Security Intelligence Service] officers knew Scotland Yard was conducting a live investigation into the three schoolgirls and also knew that sooner or later the finger would be pointed at them.
“CSIS has remained silent on explosive allegations, taking refuge in the one thing that protects all intelligence agencies, including the Five Eyes, from potential embarrassment: secrecy,” the book states.
“CSIS was largely successful in concealing the role it played in Rasheed’s recruitment and management, and the agency’s deputy director was deployed to Ankara to ask forgiveness for not informing Turkish authorities that they had carried out a counterintelligence operation on their territory. “, further states the book.
Meanwhile, Tasnime Akunjee, the Begum family lawyer, has called for an investigation.
He said: “Britain has hailed its efforts to stop Isis and the grooming of our children by spending millions of pounds on the Prevent program and online surveillance. However, at the same time, we cooperated with a Western ally, exchanging sensitive intelligence with them as they effectively grabbed British children and trafficked them across the Syrian border to deliver them to Isis, all in the name of intelligence gathering. .
“The calculation here is that the lives of British children, and the risk of their deaths, is part of the algorithm of acceptable risk that our Western allies have taken.”
He said the revelations in the book were of “crucial importance”, given that Ms Begum claimed she had been trafficked to Syria.