Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah revealed during a televised speech via video link that three Hezbollah members spied for the CIA adding if if the number was higher we would have also announced it.
He added “Some media outlets spoke of 100 cases. Contrary to rumors, the discovered spies are not religious scholars and do not occupy leadership positions. None of them is close to the secretary-general. None of them has anything to do with the military front or the rocket systems. None of them had sensitive information that might have harmed the Resistance’s military and security structures and its ability to confront any future war. None of them has anything to do with Imad Mughniyeh’s murder. None of them has anything to do with the issue of the STL. Their names were not mentioned by any of the leaks on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
He said the U.S. embassy in Awkar is a center for spying and recruiting Israeli agents.
Nasrallah said “two Hezbollah members have confessed to working for the CIA and a third is still under interrogation.” He added : ” When the Israeli enemy failed to infiltrate Hezbollah, it turned to the most powerful intelligence agency. Our investigation has found that intelligence officers (in the CIA) have recruited two of our members separately, whom we shall not name out of respect for the privacy of their families.”
“The first confessed he was recruited five months ago…while the second confessed he had been recruited even before that,” he said, adding that the recruiters were CIA agents posing as diplomats at the US embassy East of Beirut.
Nasrallah also said the group was investigating whether the third member of the party had been recruited by the CIA, Israel’s Mossad or the intelligence service of a European country.
Commenting on reports about the presence of an Israeli spy cell inside Hezbollah Nasrallah said:
“This topic is very sensitive and we’re very keen on our transparency and worried for the supporters of the Resistance and for all of those who pin their hopes on it in Lebanon and the Arab world, and it is normal for us to respect them and provide them with all the facts, especially amid the numerous rumors.”
He added:” Last year, I had said on more than one occasion that we are immune against Israeli infiltration and that we have an anti-espionage unit, and several of the brothers who were accused of espionage last year turned out to be totally innocent. But the new case is different.”
Commenting on the ministerial policy he said: “The ministerial Policy Statement will be finalized, the cabinet will gain the parliament’s confidence and there won’t be any problems.”
Nasrallah added: Hezbollah has two ministers in this cabinet and the rest are our friends whom we respect. This is a broad national coalition cabinet and we’re keen to work as one team. Insistence on labeling it as Hezbollah’s government is aimed at inciting domestic and sectarian tensions to give the impression that Shiite Hezbollah is dominating it.
Nasrallah stressed that PM Mikati’s government was purely made in Lebanon and foreign pressures were hindering its formation. He said neither Iran nor Syria were behind the delay of the cabinet formation
Many within the new March 14 opposition are of the opinion that no matter who is in the new cabinet they all get their orders from Hezbollah and its backers Iran and Syria and are protected by Hezbollah arms.
Turning to the regional development he attacked the Bahrain government and praised the Syrian regime.
“The Syrian regime is the only regime of resistance and defiance in the region and since the very beginning until now the this regime was able to defeat all the anti-Resistance schemes.” He added: ” President Assad decreed two general amnesties and launched reforms despite the armed rebellion and still the West is not satisfied. Look at Bahrain, the opposition leaders there received jail terms despite the fact that they were not even carrying a single knife.”
Several reports have indicated that Hezbollah and Iran are helping the Syrian regime in its brutal crackdown against the protesters . Activists say at least 1400 civilians were killed by the security forces since the uprising began on March 15. On the other hand Bahrain has accused Hezbollah of inciting the unrest inthe kingdom.
Addressing March 14 opposition he said: ” You are harming Lebanon and its people when you incite the international community and stir political tensions. Inciting the world against Lebanon harms the country and its people, not Hezbollah, because we don’t have any companies abroad, and even in Lebanon we don’t have any invested in any projects and we don’t have any bank accounts.”