A Hero's Unwelcome

Washington's shabby handling of a Palestinian informant undercuts U.S. antiterrorism efforts

As he paced in his room in Washington's Hyatt Regency Hotel last Monday, Adnan Awad felt both exhilaration and melancholy. A long, unhappy chapter of his life was about to end, but it would not be sealed by the recognition Awad knew he had earned. For 10 years, the Palestinian businessman had helped U.S. officials to track down and prosecute Mohammed Rashid, a notorious Palestinian terrorist. In all that time, Awad felt, the U.S. had treated him shabbily. While he had been hailed by a Senate panel as "a hero for the American people," Washington had taken seven years to issue...

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