News you may have missed #301

  • Six more arrested in Lebanon for spying for Israel. The Lebanese army has arrested at least six more people in southern and northern Lebanon, among them former army officers, on suspicion of spying sharing information about the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah with Israeli intelligence service Mossad. Dozens of alleged Israeli spy cells have been uncovered in Lebanon in recent months.
  • Survey of US spy agencies’ web presence. US intelligence agencies are using the Web to share information and engage the public. Some offer mobile versions and social networking tools –others badly need an update.
  • Danish journalist admits using job as cover to spy for Israel. Herbert Pundik, a Danish former newspaper editor, has admitted he used his journalism credentials to spy for Israel for a decade in the 1960s, saying he felt an obligation as a Jew.

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2 Responses to News you may have missed #301

  1. Van says:

    Pundik is still chief Middle east correspondent for Politiken, and says in a recent article that he doesn’t believe spying for Israel “affected his impartiality as a journalist.”

    This brings to mind the current controversy over Ethan Bronner, the NYTimes Jerusalem correspondent who recently admitted his son joined the IDF. Bronner is not accused of being a spy, but rather being categorically biased.

  2. Van says:

    NYTimes: “Israeli Raid Canceled After Facebook Leak”

    “Israel’s Army Radio reported on Wednesday that a raid on suspected militants in the West Bank planned for Wednesday was called off by the country’s military because a soldier posted details of the operation on Facebook.

    The Israeli newspaper Haaretz explained that the soldier posted a status update letting friends know that his unit was preparing to go to a West Bank village near Ramallah: “On Wednesday we clean up Qatanah, and on Thursday, god willing, we come home,” the soldier wrote.

    Haaretz added that the soldier, who has been relieved of combat duty, “also disclosed the name of the combat unit, the place of the operation and the time it will take place.” After noticing his indiscretion, Haaretz reports, “Facebook friends then reported him to military authorities.”

    The newspaper added that a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces had no comment on the incident.”

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