Hizbullah: CIA Using U.S. Embassy as Base to Recruit Spiesإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The Central Intelligence Agency has been operating form the U.S. embassy compound in Awkar to recruit agents to spy on Hizbullah, the party’s al-Manar TV station reported on Friday.
It said the CIA’s current chief in Lebanon is Daniel Patrick Mcfeely, 45, who replaced Louis Kahi after quitting in 2009.
Mcfeely has a diplomatic post at the embassy and works with a team of 10 officers, including women, to recruit spies tasked with gathering information on Hizbullah, al-Manar said.
The report came after former and current U.S. officials told the Associated Press last month that Hizbullah has partially unraveled the CIA's spy network in Lebanon, severely damaging the intelligence agency's ability to gather vital information on the party.
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also boasted in June that he had unmasked at least two CIA spies who had infiltrated the ranks of the organization.
Al-Manar said that the meetings between the CIA officers and the spies were held at MacDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Starbucks.