Network spying on Hizbullah caught

Lebanese As Safir reports European spy ring targeted military positions.

February 28, 2007 11:05
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hizbullah flag 298.88. (photo credit: AP [file])


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Lebanese security experts uncovered an alleged European-run intelligence network that spied on Hizbullah, the Lebanese daily As Safir reported Wednesday. According to As Safir, Lebanon's General Security Department arrested one of its airport inspectors after "noticing suspicious action" at Rafik Hariri International Airport. As Safir said the inspector, from the northern port city of Tripoli, was one of the leading members of the alleged spy network. It did not say when he was arrested, but said he has been referred to the military judiciary. According to the paper, security experts monitoring the inspector found out that he was trying to recruit airport staffers and other civilians to work for European intelligence services. It said the network appeared to have set one goal - Hizbullah - with a mission to "monitor Hizbullah centers and institutions as well as military positions." Maps, pictures and videotapes of Hizbullah offices in Beirut and the southern suburbs as well as in south and east Lebanon were reportedly seized during a raid on the inspector's house. "A digital camera used in the photographing task was also confiscated," As Safir reported.

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