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Alfa exec leaked sensitive data to Mossad - report
29 June 2010
BEIRUT: A senior executive at mobile telecom firm
has been providing sensitive information to the Mossad since 1996, As-Safir newspaper reported on Monday.
The man identified as “Charbel K.,” who occupies a sensitive post in
, was arrested Thursday night while heading back home from work, added the newspaper.
The 56-year-old Lebanese, who hails from the Chouf village of Alman, was detained after being watched by members of the Lebanese Army Intelligence Directory on suspicions of collaborating with Israel.
He admitted that Israeli authorities had ordered him to place, in all stations belonging to the firm,technical devices which enabled the Mossad to control the whole process of
According to As-Safir, Charbel rendered valuable services to Mossad during Israel’s summer 2006 war against Lebanon, including wiretapping on the cellular calls of several individuals
Given his sensitive post, Charbel could watch and trace the movement of any
subscriber along with determining his phone number, address and personal information.
Security forces are trying to determine whether the suspect had any partners or whether he was a member of a wider spying network.
Following Charbel’s confessions, a unit from the Lebanese Army Intelligence Directory raided the headquarters of
in the Furn al-Shebbak neighborhood Friday, confiscating Charbel’s personal computer, along with documents from his car and office.
Communication devices possessed by the
executive were also withheld and are being examined by technicians from the Lebanese Army.
In remarks published by As-Safir Monday, Telecommunications Minister Charbel Nahhas said he heard of the arrest via media outlets.
Nahhas said the detainee had been working for a long time in the telecommunications sector, noting that he had been an employee at Cellis, one of the two firms previously operating cellular telecommunications in Lebanon.
Charbel was on the Telecommunications Ministry’s staff before assuming his responsibilities at Cellis, said Nahhas.
The minister added that he was interested in the issue because there was a contract signed between the Lebanese state and
, “and we want to make sure the parties we are dealing with are resilient and not infiltrated [by the Mossad].”
On Monday, Army Command issued a statement announcing that a person identified as “Ch. K,” had been arrested on suspicion of collaborating with Israel, adding that the detainee was being interrogated by concerned judiciary.
According to the National News Agency, Head of Media and Telecommunications Parliamentary committee, Bint Jbeil MP Hassan Fadlallah, also a Hizbullah official, will hold a news conference on Tuesday during which he will touch on the arrest of Charbel.
Separately, head of the Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblatt urged Lebanese security agencies to step up their efforts, saying: “This Israeli infiltration in the Lebanese society requires taking immediate and swift measures.” – The Daily Star© Copyright The Daily Star 2010.
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