Last night France attacked an al-Qaeda base in Somalia in order to free a French spy. Five helicopters were used in the raid, which left two French commandos and an unknown number of militants dead. The French intelligence chief reports that the spy Denis Allex (his pseudonym) had certainly been executed by his captors. Al-Qaeda fighters deny that, saying Allex was elsewhere and proof of life will be provided within 48 hours.
James More, the captured British spy in Submergence, in no way is meant to represent Allex. But the author often thought in detail of the inhumane conditions Allex was held in, remembered him through the writing of the book, and remembers him now.