Naveed Alexis Jamali (born February 20, 1976) is a prominent American commentator on national security and former FBI asset. He worked for the U.S. Department of Defense as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve. He is the author of the non-fiction book How to Catch a Russian Spy (
Jamali was born to a French mother and a Pakistani father who met attending graduate school in New York. They later opened a research procurement agency in New York, New York, called Fascient Books, Inc., which specialized in finding academic and open-source material. Starting in 1988, they cooperated with the FBI, which was interested in Soviet (and later Russian) intelligence agents after they came into their office requesting to do business.
Jamali graduated from New York University (1999) with a degree in Political Science and Government. After 9/11, he reached out to the FBI to offer his services, as his parents were nearing retirement. He later became a double agent when a Russian GRU member named Oleg Kulikov attempted to recruit him. The ruse lasted from 2005 to 2009, during which time Kulikov paid Jamali for what he thought were classified documents. The operation ended with Jamali being “arrested” by the FBI in front of Kulikov, blowing Kulikov’s cover as a diplomat in the United States.
Following the operation, Jamali was sworn in to the United States Navy Reserve as an Intelligence Officer.
In 2015, Jamali and Ellis Henican co-wrote a book, How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent.20th Century Fox purchased the film rights for the book; it was announced that Mark Heyman will write the screenplay with Marc Webb directing.
In 2019, Naveed joined Newsweek; first as a columnist, then as an editor-at-large. He has reported extensively on matters of National Security and Intelligence , and was part of the team that broke the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid.