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Monday, August 02, 2010

Good news: Lebanon using US-supplied technology to help Hezbullah catch Israeli spies

The Lebanese security services are providing information obtained using US technology to Hezbullah so that Hezbullah can weed out Israeli spies in its midst.
The chief of Lebanon's domestic security forces had a warning for the Hezbollah commander: "You've been infiltrated."

With that, Achraf Rifi, head of the U.S.-backed Internal Security Forces, handed over evidence showing that two trusted, mid-ranking Hezbollah commanders were working as informants for Israeli military intelligence, said a high-ranking Lebanese security official with knowledge of the April 2009 meeting.

Wafiq Safa, the security chief for the powerful Shiite Muslim militia and political organization, was silent.

"They were shocked," said the security official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak on the subject.

Things moved quickly after that. The Hezbollah commander called Rifi the next day to assure him that the militant group would "take care of" the alleged infiltrators, who were never heard from again, the security official said.
I've been warning on this blog against giving weapons and technology to Lebanon since Bush and Siniora were in power. So has the Israeli government. Now, other people are starting to worry about it too.
The use of sophisticated equipment in the foiling of alleged Israeli spies may be the first concrete illustration of the U.S. dilemma. According to Lebanese officials, Israeli analysts and a Western diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity, Lebanon has redirected for use against Israel signal-detection equipment donated by France and intended to fight Islamic militants.

"The technology used with Fatah Islam was used to detect Israeli spies and collaborators in Lebanon," said retired Col. Kamal Awar, a U.S.-trained former member of the Lebanese Special Forces who now publishes Defense 21, an Arabic-language military journal. "They discovered they were talking with the Israeli guy on the other side of the border."

The U.S. military has also contributed to the Lebanese security forces' communications abilities. Israeli analyst Ronen Bergman, author of "The Secret War with Iran," who is writing a book about the history of his country's intelligence efforts, said the U.S. gave Lebanon's army sophisticated electronic equipment that allowed it to identify and trace even encrypted communications.

But there is no evidence that the training and equipment have been used to foil the intelligence operations of Israel, a major American ally.
They haven't? Then what is this story about?


At 1:16 AM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

The real story is how many spies Hezbollah (and Hamas) have missed...

I know it for a fact that there are at least 36 more spies inside of Hezbollah...

They ought to shoot everyone on their top staff...

After all they are all spying on each other...


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