‘Jihadi John’ Speaks; Tells of ‘Paranoia at Being Shadowed by MI5’ in Unprecedented Emails to Mail On Sunday

‘Jihadi John’ Speaks; Tells of ‘Paranoia at Being Shadowed by MI5’ in Unprecedented Emails to Mail On Sunday

In a series of bombshell emails sent to Mail On Sunday, Mohammed Emwazi aka “Jihadi John” reveals the paranoia behind his extremist ideology. In a 2010-2011 correspondence with Security Editor Robert Verkaik, Emwazi claims that he was an innocent victim of MI5 persecution.


From The Daily Mail:

The Islamic State killer known as Jihadi John revealed that he knew British security services were closing in on him and that he was a ‘dead man walking’ in astonishing emails to a Mail on Sunday journalist.

His emails were sent before he left Britain to join Islamic State in Syria.

At the time, Mohammed Emwazi, the man now unmasked as the knife-wielding fanatic, was claiming to be an innocent victim of MI5 persecution.

Emwazi, who would go on to orchestrate at least six hostage murders in Syria, said the harassment affected him so badly he was contemplating suicide. ‘I’ll take as many pills as I can so that I will sleep for ever,’ he warned. His emails to Security Editor Robert Verkaik in December 2010 and 2011 offer a remarkable insight into his state of mind at a time when he was already deeply immersed in extremism.

Some verge on the paranoid, with frequent complaints that his every move is being shadowed by intelligence officers.

The news comes amid a series of revelations that:

  • Emwazi was a member of a secret Osama Bin Laden sleeper cell based in Britain called The London Boys, which planned to carry out atrocities in the West;
  • He was involved with a violent street gang who targeted the wealthy residents of Belgravia with stun guns;
  • Emwazi was arrested trying to force his way past security on to a passenger flight from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Johannesburg without a passport in 2009;
  • The IS executioner’s father was a policeman in Kuwait before he moved his family to Britain;
  • David Cameron will announce new plans to give spies greater powers to eavesdrop on terror suspects’ electronic communication.

A few months before he first contacted Verkaik, Emwazi was stopped at Heathrow and prevented from flying to Kuwait, where he was born.

He claimed he was interrogated by an aggressive officer who threw him against a wall, grabbed his beard and strangled him. He later complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

It was as he awaited a response that he first met Verkaik, later sending him, over subsequent weeks, a series of emails chronicling his alleged victimisation.

In one, he recounts what he suggests was a sinister encounter with an MI5 agent.

Having advertised his laptop on classified adverts website Gumtree, he went to meet a prospective buyer at Maida Vale underground station near his West London home.

He wrote, ungrammatically: ‘When I sell anything via internet i always only write my surname in the ad… I went to meet that person… so that he could have a look at the laptop & if it satisfied him then he would buy it…

‘That person to my surprise didn’t even bother looking to see of the laptop works or not!!! (when you buy something, from someone you’ve never seen before you most likely would test the product!!)…

‘Anyway, in a matter of seconds, I gave him the laptop (thinking that hes going to test the laptop) & he gave me the money straight-away… We “shacked hands” & he said “nice doing business with you Mohammed”. I NEVER TOLD THIS PERSON MY FIRST NAME!! & I NEVER GIVE OUT MY FIRST NAME!! IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM TO KNOW MY FIRST NAME!!’

He added: ‘I felt shocked, & paused for a few seconds as he walked away… I knew it was them!! Sometimes i feel like im a dead man walking, not fearing they may kill me.

‘Rather, fearing that one day, I’ll take as many pills as I can so that I can sleep for ever!! I just want to get away from these people!!!’

And there it is, ladies and gents; the crazy behind the crazy. Is it bad of me to advocate a swift plan to put him out of his misery? No, I didn’t think so.

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