Wired reporter, Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman), conducts an interview with wanted American jihadi Omar Hammami exclusively through direct messages on Twitter in 'There's No Turning Back': My Interview With a Hunted American Jihadist.
The story also demonstrates another example of how national security experts are leveraging social networks like Twitter to engage security threats.
Hammami engages with American security professionals who ask him about his current views on jihad, and he jumps into their discussions of counterterrorism. There’s a notable absence of rancor, and even some constructive criticism, however inadvertent. When Hammami criticized State Department initiatives at confronting extremists like him online, he said those efforts came across as tin-eared. [J.M.] Berger and Hammami have an extended, public colloquy about the justification and the efficacy of using violence to pursue jihad. All this comes leavened with Star Wars references. Berger wonders if this sort of collegial jihadi-counterterrorist dialogue is “the wave of future, when everyone’s on Twitter.”