Mubin Shaikh

former CSIS operative

Mubin Shaikh is a deradicalized ex-extremist turned undercover operative for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET).

Shaikh worked multiple CLASSIFIED infiltration operations, online and on the ground. The last investigation became public when the RCMP arrested 18 individuals in the “Toronto 18" terrorism case of 2006. In total, 11 aspiring violent extremists were convicted after five legal hearings over four years in which Shaikh was the main Fact Witness.

Shaikh has a Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (MPICT), is an external SME (Subject Matter Expert) to the Command Staff of CENTCOM, the United Nations Security Council and others, and trains police, intelligence and special operations forces on related topics.

He was extensively involved with the ISIS social media boom, having infiltrated their networks online. Some of these individuals went on to be targeted by coalition forces, some investigated by the FBI (and others), as well as those who were convinced to leave the group completely. He also deals with the Foreign Fighter file, including Returnees and rehabilitation at the international level.

Shaikh is also co-author of the acclaimed book Undercover Jihadi and is featured in a permanent exhibit at the new International Spy Museum under, “Confronting Terror, Preventing Catastrophe in Canada.”
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