(NEWSER) – The FBI once had a mole so deep within al-Qaeda that he met with Osama bin Laden and provided the intelligence necessary to thwart his planned attack on a Masonic Lodge in LA, new investigative reports from theWashington Times and NBC News have revealed. The informant started out as a driver for the "Blind Sheikh," Omar Abdel-Rahman, in Los Angeles in the early '90s. The driver was deported in 1993, first to Jordan, which threw him in jail, and then to Yemen. There, FBI agent Bassem Youssef approached him—initially as a friend—and offered to help reunite him with his family in California. He was eventually converted into an informant, and provided information from a meeting in Sudan with bin Laden. NBC describes the mole as "the sole human asset providing first-person information about al-Qaeda in the mid-1990s as the terror group gained strength."

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