Lebanese arrest former general on spying charges

By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
For the past several months, intelNews has been keeping an eye on the intensifying intelligence war between Lebanon and Israel. In late 2008 and early 2009, Lebanese military intelligence agents busted up a number of autonomous Israeli spy rings operating in the country. On Tuesday, an anonymous source inside Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) announced the arrest of a retired Lebanese brigadier general on charges of spying for Israel. The arrestee’s identity is not yet known, and Lebanese media have named him only as “Adib A.”. But Lebanese government sources have disclosed that the retired general has admitted spying on behalf of Israel for over a decade, and that he “regularly met with his Israeli contacts at European destinations”. Interestingly, intelNews has learned that, although retired from the Lebanese military in 1998, “Adib A.” remained in the ranks of the ISF as a security advisor, and had access to considerable amounts of classified information. Lebanese security officials have described the former general as “a precious catch” who can reveal “a lot of important and sensitive information” about Israeli intelligence operations in Lebanon and possibly beyond. Sources tell intelNews that “Adib A.”, who was under close surveillance for nearly three months by ISF, is part of a wider spy ring operating out of the town of Bint Jbeil, in southern Lebanon, and that more arrests are likely to follow before too long.

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