I’m Kevin Johnson, a Justice Department reporter for USA TODAY. In a months-long investigation, we revealed that the FBI provided assistance essential to the authoritarian ruler of Dubai capturing his runaway daughter. AMA!

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Why is the US assisting the UAE? Is it because UAE is recognizing israel?


Does the FBI still treat Dubai the same after discovering Dubai lied to them? Essentially, did this alter foreign policy in any way?


Welcome to the conversation. Good to work with colleague, Kim Hjelmgaard, who has the lead byline on this story. Kim’s dogged reporting made it go.


Do you see the deception from UAE authorities (falsely claiming she was kidnapped to get the FBI to locate her) affecting U.S/UAE relations?


Was there coordination between the FBI and Indian MARCOS commandos who are alleged to have been involved in this operation?