Busted spy ring in Lebanon was Israel’s top network in the Arab world

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By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
French newspaper Le Figaro has published a well-researched account of an ongoing counterintelligence operation in Lebanon, which has resulted in the dismantling of an enormous network of Israeli spy cells in the country. The paper describes the discovery of the Israeli spy network as “one of the most resounding defeats in [Israel’s] history”. IntelNews has been following the counterintelligence operation from its very beginning last February. Since then, over 70 Lebanese nationals have been charged with conducting espionage operations on behalf of Israel, of whom nearly 40 have been apprehended. According to Lebanese officials, the dismantled spy ring was probably Israel’s most important intelligence network in the Arab world. It consisted of neatly compartmentalized cells of no more than three members, which operated autonomously and were not in contact with each other. It also appears that the Lebanese authorities and/or Hezbollah counterintelligence agents had access to the cells’ communications with their Israeli handlers during the planning stages of the counterintelligence operation. Lebanese officials told Le Figaro that a “technical secret” enabled the successful dismantling of the spy cells. There have been rumors that it was Russian technology, employed by a specialist surveillance unit of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB), that helped uncover the spy ring. As DEBKAFile reported in August, the FSB unit was commissioned by Hezbollah, the Shia Islamic political and paramilitary organization that controls large parts of Lebanon.

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4 Responses to Busted spy ring in Lebanon was Israel’s top network in the Arab world

  1. Jim says:

    Not surprising. It is pretty well known that Beirut has more spies than any other city in the Arab world. If you want to run into shady businessmen, spies and the like all in a scenery so beautiful it rivals Switzerland you should visit Lebanon. Israel is super active there but so is pretty much every other nation. Neat to see a study, but still not a suprise.

  2. Wonder if the spy ring had a task similar to the one just before 9/11

  3. Robert says:

    Seriously?
    Every spy ever found in any country controlled by fundamentalist Islam is either part of a “Huge, bigger than ever Israeli/American spy network” or “Part of a secret conspiracy to destroy Islam” or whatnot.
    It’s equivalent to Israel always shouting “Anti-Semitism” after any accusation pointed at it.

  4. Every spy ever found in any country controlled by fundamentalist Islam is either part of a “Huge, bigger than ever Israeli/American spy network” or “Part of a secret conspiracy to destroy Islam” or whatnot.and i think you will get more information like this and more updates across uk and us
    http://newscandals.blogspot.com

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