Report: Foreign network spying on Hizbullah uncovered
Lebanese security agents have uncovered a European intelligence-run network spying on Hizbullah, the daily As Safir reported Wednesday. It said the General Security Department at Rafik Hariri International airport has detained an inspector working for Surete Generale after "noticing suspicious action" at the facility.
The newspaper said the inspector, from the northern port city of Tripoli, was one of the leading network members. As Safir added that Director General of the General Security Brig. Gen. Wafiq Jizzini has conveyed "the critical information" to Interior Minister Hassan Sabeh who instructed his men to "put an end to these acts that disturb security."
The report said that 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."
It said maps, pictures and videotapes of Hizbullah offices in Beirut and the southern suburbs as well as in south and east Lebanon were seized during a raid on the inspector's house.
Israel's Mossad secret service had lately been working under the cover of European intelligence agencies' names, the daily said.