Some of you may recall that back in November, it was reported that several CIA operatives in Lebanon were ‘outed,’ and that as a result it was reported that the crucial CIA listening post in Beirut was shut down. Stratfor documents released by Wikileaks on Wednesday report that the station is still alive and well, and that the claim that the CIA was shut down was one that was made to get Hezbullah off the CIA’s back.
Date 2011-11-21 16:10:50
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Some of this feels like disinfo. If the CIA lost a few people in Beirut,
it would be reasonable for them to send a few “current and former US
Officials” to the AP to “leak” a story that the all US coverage of Hez has
been “wiped out” — best way to stop the search for more informants.
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From: “Goldman, Adam”
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 08:56:44 -0600 (CST)
To: Fred Burton
Subject: RE: CIA spies outed in Lebanon
Thanks! Been working on this for a while. It’s bad. CIA’s Hezbollah
coverage has been wiped out.
From: Fred Burton [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2011 8:05 AM
To: Goldman, Adam
Subject: Fwd: CIA spies outed in Lebanon
Great work Adam!
AP Exclusive: Spies Outed, CIA Suffers In Lebanon
Monday, Nov 21, 2011 10:17 AM 11:15:26 GMT+0200
By Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – The CIA’s operations in Lebanon have been badly
damaged after Hezbollah identified and captured a number of U.S. spies
recently, current and former U.S. officials told The Associated Press.
The intelligence debacle is particularly troubling because the CIA saw
The CIA may not have anyone on the ground in Beirut (or more likely they do), but you can bet that the Mossad does. Heh.