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Hezbollah Identifies Undercover CIA Officers

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posted on Dec, 12 2011 @ 05:15 PM
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The militant group Hezbollah has revealed the identities of CIA officers working undercover in Lebanon, a blow to agency operations in the region and the latest salvo in an escalating spy war. Hezbollah made the names public in a broadcast Friday night on a Lebanese television station, al-Manar. Using animated videos, the station recreated meetings purported to take place between CIA officers and paid informants at Starbucks and Pizza Hut.

The disclosure comes after Hezbollah managed to partially unravel the agency's spy network in Lebanon after running a double agent against the CIA, former and current U.S. intelligence officials said. They requested anonymity to discuss matters of intelligence. In June, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah bragged that his group had identified at least two spies working for the CIA. It is not clear whether one of those spies was, in fact, the same double agent working for Hezbollah, which is considered a terrorist group by the U.S. Nasrallah has called the U.S. Embassy in Beirut a "den of spies."





The fiasco happened despite top CIA officials being warned to be extra careful when handling informants after Hezbollah and Lebanese officials arrested scores of Israeli spies in 2009. The outing of the officers is particularly damaging because it will hinder the ability of these CIA employees to work overseas again — especially in the Internet age where references to their names will be widely available to other foreign intelligence agencies.

The CIA dismissed Hezbollah's assertions. "The agency does not, as a rule, address spurious claims from terrorist groups," CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood said. "I think it's worth remembering that Hezbollah is a dangerous organization, with al-Manar as its propaganda arm. That fact alone should cast some doubt on the credibility of the group's claims." Former officials said one of the named officers was considered a rising star at the CIA and had been involved in many important operations in Iraq. Whether or not this employee would be able to continue a CIA career outside the U.S. is unknown. Former officials said it is likely Hezbollah has already shared photographs of the case officers with Iran, its closest ally. It was not immediately clear whether the exposed CIA officers in Lebanon have been pulled out of the country.


Will be interesting to see how this develops. Is it just me, or is the CIA getting increasingly careless? Seems more and more, that CIA agents/operatives are having their cover blown.

Of course the CIA will deny this. They denied what happened in Pakistan earlier this year as well, when an operative was caught in a shoot out on Pakistani streets.

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posted on Dec, 12 2011 @ 05:22 PM
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Has their Ego finally got to them? Are they overestimating their capabilities, and underestimating their target's?
Or is this just more talk to help gather support?

However, it does seem more and more of the West's operations/equipment/propaganda is being exposed.



posted on Dec, 12 2011 @ 05:24 PM
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Should have them returned to their country. Then, since the CIA is a United States thing, should have that organisation searched high and low for other secretive actions.

However nice that would be, it wont happen. Nothing will happen.

CIA show up with a briefcase of cash and thats that.



posted on Dec, 12 2011 @ 05:29 PM
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CIA agents are uncovered because they want to be uncovered....there is a method to the madness.



posted on Dec, 12 2011 @ 05:32 PM
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Originally posted by AaronWilson
Should have them returned to their country. Then, since the CIA is a United States thing, should have that organisation searched high and low for other secretive actions.

However nice that would be, it wont happen. Nothing will happen.

CIA show up with a briefcase of cash and thats that.

They won't be returned. Hezzbolah will torture and kill them. They don't treat spies very kindly.



posted on Dec, 12 2011 @ 06:05 PM
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Originally posted by targeting

Originally posted by AaronWilson
Should have them returned to their country. Then, since the CIA is a United States thing, should have that organisation searched high and low for other secretive actions.

However nice that would be, it wont happen. Nothing will happen.

CIA show up with a briefcase of cash and thats that.

They won't be returned. Hezzbolah will torture and kill them. They don't treat spies very kindly.


For good reason......



posted on Dec, 12 2011 @ 06:14 PM
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Originally posted by targeting
They won't be returned. Hezzbolah will torture and kill them. They don't treat spies very kindly.


And that plays right into the CIAs hands. The CIA don't want them alive any longer either.



posted on Dec, 12 2011 @ 08:33 PM
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Originally posted by bruwin

Originally posted by targeting
They won't be returned. Hezzbolah will torture and kill them. They don't treat spies very kindly.


And that plays right into the CIAs hands. The CIA don't want them alive any longer either.

Really? Based on what, exactly? Do you have a source for that statement?

When one of their operatives was caught in Pakistan, they did everything possible to get him back. Even Obama was publicly involved.



posted on Dec, 12 2011 @ 08:36 PM
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Originally posted by Vardoger
Has their Ego finally got to them? Are they overestimating their capabilities, and underestimating their target's?
Or is this just more talk to help gather support?

However, it does seem more and more of the West's operations/equipment/propaganda is being exposed.

My guess is training, and lack of recruits who can specialize in the Arab world.

The CIA knows this part of the world much better than most, but it doesn't mean they know it well enough to complete the objectives they have, whatever those may be.



posted on Dec, 12 2011 @ 09:24 PM
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Youd think American spies would use somewhere a little less obvious.

Starbux and Pizza hut?

tell they werent wearing american flag baseball caps and singlets saying '' we're number 1 ''



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