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Nasrallah criticized Syrian Intelligence: WikiLeaks

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah speaks during a ceremony in Beirut's southern suburbs, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: A WikiLeaks document published Friday quoted Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah as lashing out at Syrian Intelligence services during a meeting with former President Amine Gemayel years ago.

According to the cable, Gemayel briefed then U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey Feltman on his meeting with Nasrallah a day after it happened on Dec. 3, 2006.

“Searching for a word and sounding several out, Gemayel eventually settled on ‘unenthusiastic’ to describe Nasrallah’s attitude about the Syrians. The Syrian secret police only want women and money; they are without morals,” the document said.

Gemayel also told Feltman that he was surprised by Nasrallah’s hatred of then Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Future Movement leader Saad Hariri and Feltman.

The cable was translated to Arabic and published on the Lebanese Forces website Friday. Many view the move as an attempt to deal a blow to Gemayel’s bid for presidency.

Gemayel told Lebanon’s MTV television that he “does not remember” he had the conversation with Nasrallah. Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea is also a presidential hopeful.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 10, 2014, on page 1.

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