Friday, March 30, 2007

15 seized Britons, a missing general and five captured Iranians

David Ignatius - 15 Britons In a Sea Of Intrigue - "An Israeli defense source was quoted in the Sunday Times of London on March 11 as saying that Asgari 'probably was working for Mossad but believed he was working for a European intelligence agency.'

The betting among spy buffs is that Asgari was recruited in what's known as a 'false flag' operation. His handlers may be Israelis posing as officers of another intelligence service, perhaps even during the debriefing. Such speculation was piqued two weeks ago when the German defense minister, Franz Josef Jung, was asked during a visit to Turkey whether Asgari was in Germany. 'I cannot say anything on this issue,' he replied."

"According to Bob Baer, who was a CIA case officer in Beirut at that time, Asgari was the primary contact for Hezbollah's leader, Hasan Nasrallah, and its most feared terrorist operative, Imad Mughniyah. "Asgari was in the IRGC's chain of command when it was kidnapping and assassinating Westerners in Lebanon in the '80s," Baer wrote in Time."

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