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Intelligence war with Israel, CIA ongoing: Hezbollah MP

Hezbollah MP Nawar Sahli speaks during a press conference at the Parliament in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. (Mohammad Azakir/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah MP Nawar Sahli said Tuesday the so-called intelligence war with Israel and the CIA is ongoing.

“The intelligence, security and technological war is ongoing with Israel and America,” Sahli told OTV television channel.

“We have our tools and we are watching their movement,” Sahli said.

He said the U.S. Administration “panicked” after Hezbollah exposed CIA operatives in Lebanon.

In June, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah boasted that the party had identified at least two spies working for the CIA. The party’s leader has dubbed the U.S. Embassy in Beirut a “den of spies.”

Hezbollah made the names public in a broadcast Friday night on Al-Manar television station.

Sahli urged Lebanese officials to keep the “spy” issue out of political bickering “because it is related to Lebanon’s national security.”

"Anyone who criticizes this subject in a negative way would be encouraging spying,” Sahli said.

He said “part two” of the intelligence war would be announced in a timely manner.

Sahli reiterated that according to evidence, a CIA network does exist in Lebanon. He said, nevertheless, Hezbollah did not demand that the U.S. close its embassy in Beirut, but has called on the mission to devote itself to “purely diplomatic work.”

He described as a “dangerous precedent” the recent release of four Lebanese suspects accused of spying for Israel.

Hezbollah has launched a campaign against the Military Appeals Court’s presiding Judge Alice Shabtini over the release of four members of the Al-Alam family convicted of collaboration with Israel, triggering a response from the judge, who insisted the court does not discriminate in its verdicts.

The Military Tribunal had sentenced the four Al-Alams to prison for 10 to 15 years after convicting them of collaboration with Israel. The four were released on bail last week after having been held for two years and 10 months, judicial sources said Sunday.

"This issue has really bothered us and there is a big question mark on it,” Sahli said of the Al-Alam release.

“Accepting an appeal does not mean that the verdict has been cancelled,” he said, adding that “talk about any release is something illegal.”





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