Al-Hayat: Blanford told Mirza names of Lebanon’s TIME reporters


TIME magazine reporter Nicholas Blanford told Attorney General Judge Said Mirza during their meeting last week the names of TIME reporters working in Lebanon, Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Friday based on unnamed sources.

The source also said that Blanford told Mirza that one of the journalists carried out the interview with one of the people indicted for the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Al-Hayat added.

Al-Hayat also said that Lebanese judiciary might summon the reporters who work for TIME in Lebanon.

In the interview the Hezbollah member indicted in the murder of Hariri boasted : “The Lebanese authorities know where I live, and if they wanted to arrest me they would have done it a long time ago. Simply, they cannot.”

According to Time magazine , the accused man arrived alone aboard a scooter at the home of his Hezbollah comrade. While discussing the indictments, he revealed his true identity and confirmed it by showing an old ID card, but agreed to be interviewed only on condition that neither his name nor the location be revealed.

Four Hezbollah members have been indicted by the STL. However, the Iranian and Syrian-backed Shiite group strongly denied the charges and refused to cooperate with the court.

Blanford revealed that the magazine requested him to write an analysis on Hezbollah’s reaction to the STL’s indictment, adding that the interview with one of the suspects was added to the article