Lebanon continues round-up of alleged Mossad agents

By Wayne Madsen

Lebanese counter-intelligence continues to round up a number of alleged Mossad agents embedded inside the Lebanese political structure and telecommunications sector, according to reports reaching WMR from Beirut.

Although Hezbollah provided Daniel Bellmare and his UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) office in Beirut with six DVDs showing Israeli surveillance drone footage of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s locations prior to his remote bombing assassination in February 2005, Bellemare wants Hezbollah to turn over more data on how Hezbollah was able to intercept Israel command and control communications with its drones over Beirut. WMR has learned that Bellemare’s team is riddled with Israeli agents and CIA agents who are also working on behalf of Israeli intelligence. Hezbollah has charged, and WMR has previously reported, that Mossad was behind the assassination of Hariri in order to rid Lebanon of Syrian forces and destabilize the country, thus weakening Hezbollah’s influence. The operation against Hariri, as WMR also previously reported, involved the CIA and operatives for the CIA proprietary firm Blackwater, now known as Xe Security.

Israel is obviously concerned that some of its agents in Lebanon, of which there are many, may be double agents passing intelligence to Hezbollah. For example, one of the latest Lebanese nationals who has been caught up in the Lebanese counter-intelligence snare is Tony Boutros, who, WMR is told, is in charge of all the fixed cables on the landline telephone networks in Lebanon. Furthermore, Boutros had just returned from a trip overseas prior to his apprehension by Lebanese authorities. When Boutros was arrested, in his home was a contingent of Ethiopian Falasha Jews who we are told “were not maids or servants.”

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Israel and its friends in the STL also want to know how Hezbollah obtained clandestinely-taken photographs showing known Mossad agents meeting with members of the Lebanese Parliament and two top-level politicians, former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and current Minister of State Jean Ogassapian. Both are considered close to neocon political circles in the United States.

Following Boutros’s arrest, another top Lebanese army officer, Coloel Antoine Abou-Jaoude,
was arrested on charges of spying for Mossad. The recent arrests follow scores of others in an attempt by Lebanon to break up a huge Mossad network operating throughout the country.

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. He has written for several renowned papers and blogs.

Madsen is a regular contributor on Russia Today. He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. Madsen has taken on Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity on their television shows.  He has been invited to testifty as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government.

As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He subsequently worked for the National Security Agency, the Naval Data Automation Command, Department of State, RCA Corporation, and Computer Sciences Corporation.

Madsen is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Association for Intelligence Officers (AFIO), and the National Press Club. He is a regular contributor to Opinion Maker.

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