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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

National Geographic proud of new documentary


Nat Geo Commissions Doc on “Bin Laden’s Spy”

WASHINGTON, August 15: National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) and National Geographic Channel have commissioned Towers Productions — the team behind Inside 9/11 — to produce Bin Laden’s Spy in America.

The two-hour special will premiere in the U.S. on August 28, followed by an international rollout on September 10. The special will be a key offering for NGCI at MIPCOM, according to Germaine Deagan Sweet, NGCI’s director of program syndication. “It’s one of the best we’ve been able to put out,” she says.

Bin Laden’s Spy in America tells the story of an ex-Egyptian Special Forces Major who joined the U.S. Army and infiltrated the U.S. intelligence community while working for terrorist organizations like Egyptian Islamic Jihad and al Qaeda. “It is frightening in not only the level of detail, but the deception, and the information he was able to access,” Deagan Sweet says.

The documentary is in part based on the upcoming investigative book Triple Cross by Peter Lance.

Sydney Suissa, the EVP of content at NGCI, said of the special, “It’s far more riveting than any spy novel could ever be.”