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Saturday, July 28, 2012

The CIA Considers Israel It's No. 1 Counterintelligence Threat In Near East Division

Woe to Israel if Obama is re-elected
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA station chief opened the locked box containing the sensitive equipment he used from his home in Tel Aviv, Israel, to communicate with CIA headquarters in Virginia, only to find that someone had tampered with it.

 He sent word to his superiors about the break-in.

The incident, described by three former senior U.S. intelligence officials, might have been dismissed as just another cloak-and-dagger incident in the world of international espionage, except that the same thing had happened to the previous station chief in Israel.

It was a not-so-subtle reminder that, even in a country friendly to the United States, the CIA was itself being watched.

In a separate episode, according to another two former U.S. officials, a CIA officer in Israel came home to find the food in the refrigerator had been rearranged.

In all the cases, the U.S. government believes Israel's security services were responsible.

Such meddling underscores what is widely known but rarely discussed outside intelligence circles: Despite inarguable ties between the U.S. and its closest ally in the Middle East and despite statements from U.S. politicians trumpeting the friendship, U.S. national security officials consider Israel to be, at times, a frustrating ally and a genuine counterintelligence threat.

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1 comment:

  1. And we, no doubt, have moles, or informants, in Israel and British Intelligence, who keep us posted on our allies doings, and vice-versa.

    If anything, speaking as a politically observant non-Jew, Israel has every reason to need to know what the Obama Admin is up to in areas that affect her security, and her very existence. Obama has made it clear, through his actions, that he is no friend of Israel.

    The bottom line is, that to intelligence services, information is their stock in trade, and ALL such services are involved in culling that information on, and from, friend and foe, alike.

    It has always been so.