It's rare to speak to someone who's been a member of al Qaeda, and rare too to interview a spy.

The BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera has - over a period of many months - obtained exclusive access to Omar Nasiri (not his real name) who worked for European security agencies during the 1990s and infiltrated al Qaeda both in the camps of Afghanistan and in terror cells in London.

His story is extraordinary, revealing the extent of al-Qaeda's preparations - years before 9/11 - to target the west, but also the British authorities' lack of awareness of the growing threat of Islamic terrorism.

It'll be an unusual edition of Newsnight - more documentary than daily news - but I think it's one not to miss.

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