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Lebanese Officials Expect Phony Evidence in UN Report on Hariri Assassination

The Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) is reporting sources in Lebanon are expecting that the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) report on who was responsible for the 2005 remotely-controlled bomb assassination in Beirut of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri will contain a wealth of phony and contrived "evidence" compiled with the assistance of the CIA, Mossad, and other western intelligence agencies.

It is widely expected that the STL report will blame Lebanese Hezbollah, a member of the current Lebanese government headed by Saad Hariri, the son of the slain ex-Prime Minister, for the assassination.

Lebanese intelligence believes that the concocted "evidence" in the STL report will contain "doctored" voice and video data collected by the CIA and Mossad from intercepted Lebanese cell phone networks before, during, and shortly after the assassination of Hariri, which took place on February 14, 2005.

Some 120 individuals have been arrested in Lebanon for spying for Israel and some of these individuals were involved in Lebanese telecommunications systems.

WMR has learned that the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) and STL has been provided with tapes and transcripts of cell phone calls which supposedly were made by a very closed ring of assassins (six to eight total) at the scene of the explosion. Lebanese authorities are aware that the call data was provided by a number of cell-phone companies and countries that are viewed suspiciously in Lebanon.

Chief among the providers of the data are the CIA and Mossad, which have extensive networks in Lebanon, but also the French DGSE and German BND intelligence services, as well as Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which maintains a large communications intercept station in nearby Cyprus that routinely intercepts cell phone calls in Lebanon.

The role of the Mossad in the doctoring of the cell phone data, expected to be relied upon heavily in the report issued by UN chief investigator Daniel Bellemare, is creating a vigorous debate in Lebanon.  Hezbollah is expected to reject the cell phone recordings as fakes and charge that they were engineered by Mossad and the CIA.

Hezbollah's opponents have countered with the argument that if the Mossad agents could doctor cell phone data after the fact, why did they not erase all traces of their own communications with Mossad that eventually resulted in their own arrests?

Meanwhile, Lebanon continues to round up top Mossad agents in the country with the latest arrest being that of retired General Fayes Karam, a close aide and friends of retired General Michel Aoun of the Free Patriotic Movement. Aoun and his party are partners of Lebanese Hezbollah.

From 1988 to 1989, Karam was the head of Lebanese military counter-intelligence while under the command of Aoun.  Karam was also in exile with Aoun in Paris for 15 years.  Although the evidence compiled against Karam shows his link to Mossad since 2005, the year Hariri was assassinated, as previously reported by WMR, by Mossad and the CIA, Karam may have been working for Mossad much longer.
Karam was trained by the United States and France in military counter-intelligence during the 1980s.

There is also suspicion about the fact that while 120 Lebanese spies for Mossad have been rounded up in recent years, not one CIA agent has been arrested, even though it is well known that Langley has penetrated every major institution in Lebanon.

By Wayne Madsen for Oilprice.com

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