Lebanese woman accused of spying for Israel

Lebanese woman accused of spying for Israel

Wife of parliament security guard was allegedly contacted by Mossad via social media, paid for carrying out missions

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

The Lebanese flag. (photo credit: Flicker/CC BY 2.0/ Eusebius@Commons)
The Lebanese flag. (photo credit: Flicker/CC BY 2.0/ Eusebius@Commons)

The wife of a parliament security guard in Lebanon was detained on suspicion of aiding the Israeli Mossad spy agency, the Lebanese Al Joumhouria newspaper reported Thursday.

The report said that Lebanese security forces had spent several months tracking the guard after he was suspected of contacting the Israeli agency.

The guard was arrested three weeks ago and secretly transferred to a security facility for questioning.

Lebanese authorities then raided the guard’s home and confiscated two personal computers, one of which belonged to his wife, the report continued.

However, Lebanese investigators later concluded that it was the guard’s wife who had in fact been in contact with Israeli agents, while the guard himself apparently had no knowledge of her double life, according to the paper.

The investigation revealed that the guard’s wife had been contacted by the Mossad via social media, and that she had received relatively small sums of money in exchange for the assignments given to her by the Israeli agency.

Lebanese security sources asserted that the woman was still undergoing training, and that the Mossad’s true goal was to reach her husband, the Ynet news site reported.

There has been no reaction from Israel to the reports.

In January, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem acknowledged that the Lebanese group’s upper echelons had been infiltrated by a spy, two-and-a-half weeks after a man identified as Mohammad Shorbah reportedly admitted he had been in contact with Israel.

Shorbah allegedly played a key role in the 2008 assassination of top Hezbollah official Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus, and was said to have thwarted five attempts by the group to avenge his death, piquing Hezbollah’s suspicions in the process.

Mughniyeh’s assassination was considered a major blow to the group, and while Israel never claimed responsibility, Hezbollah has blamed Jerusalem for the attack.

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