BEIRUT: Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Musawi Monday said there were open meetings taking place by U.S. intelligence agents in the Metn area, and urged the government to deal with U.S. intelligence the same way they deal with Israel.
“There are currently open meetings held by American intelligence agents in Lebanon in restaurants and nightclubs in Dbayeh and Jounieh,” Musawi told LBCI in a live interview.
He also said that among the agents are a doctor, a researcher and a journalist, and asked them to surrender to the Lebanese security services or to the resistance's security apparatus.
Hezbollah aired a report last week on the party's Al-Manar Television which said CIA had a team of 10 officers, including women, assigned to recruit Lebanese spies tasked with gathering information on Hezbollah fighters.
The report also said that the U.S. Embassy in Awkar, north of Beirut, functions as a venue to recruit Lebanese informants.
Last month, several media outlets – citing current and former U.S. officials – said the CIA’s operations in Lebanon had been damaged after Hezbollah identified and captured a number of U.S. spies. It also said CIA officials have secretly been scrambling to protect their remaining spies.
Musawi said the information gathered by U.S. intelligence agents in Lebanon serves the interest of Israel, describing it as a dangerous development.
"[We] need to take the same political, judicial and security measures [we take] against those enlisting in Israel intelligence, against those who enroll in U.S. intelligence,” he added.
Hezbollah, labeled by Washington as terrorist organization, has claimed victory in what it described as its “intelligence war” with the CIA, describing it as a flagrant assault on Lebanon's sovereignty.