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Exclusive: CIA Spies Caught, Fear Execution in Middle East
Good Morn ing America via Yahoo News ^ | MATTHEW COLE and BRIAN ROSS

Posted on 11/21/2011 11:06:22 AM PST by lbryce

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In a significant failure for the United States in the Mideast, more than a dozen spies working for the CIA in Iran and Lebanon have been caught and the U.S. government fears they will be or have been executed, according to four current and former U.S. officials with connections to the intelligence community.

The spies were paid informants recruited by the CIA for two distinct espionage rings targeting Iran and the Beirut-based Hezbollah organization, considered by the U.S. to be a terror group backed by Iran.

"Espionage is a risky business," a U.S. official briefed on the developments told ABC News, confirming the loss of the unspecified number of spies over the last six months.

"Many risks lead to wins, but some result in occasional setbacks," the official said.

Robert Baer, a former senior CIA officer who worked against Hezbollah while stationed in Beirut in the 1980's, said Hezbollah typically executes individuals suspected of or caught spying.

"If they were genuine spies, spying against Hezbollah, I don't think we'll ever see them again," he said. "These guys are very, very vicious and unforgiving."

Other current and former officials said the discovery of the two U.S. spy rings occurred separately, but amounted to a setback of significant proportions in efforts to track the activities of the Iranian nuclear program and the intentions of Hezbollah against Israel.

"Remember, this group was responsible for killing more Americans than any other terrorist group before 9/11," said a U.S. official. Attacks on the U.S. embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983 killed more than 300 people, including almost 260 Americans.

The U.S. official, speaking for the record but without attribution, gave grudging credit to the efforts of Iran and Hezbollah to detect and expose U.S. and Israeli espionage.

(Excerpt) Read more at gma.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cia; globaljihad; hezbollah; hizballah; hizbullah; iran; now; nuclear; war; weapons; whitehouseleak
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1 posted on 11/21/2011 11:06:23 AM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

I have a question. Why would this information be revealed in the first place....and, of all places, on Good Morning America? Is this to ‘prepare us’ or to justify a possible US strike on Iran?


2 posted on 11/21/2011 11:09:49 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: lbryce
Uh-Roh!

Will Bari contemplate a spy for terrorist trade?

3 posted on 11/21/2011 11:10:33 AM PST by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

My questione is ...who ratted them out? Begs the question on WTF Pannetta and Petraeus are up to.


4 posted on 11/21/2011 11:12:32 AM PST by Breto (never accept the premise)
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To: TexasCajun

Why don’t we do what the Israelis do? Let’s give ‘em 1000 prisoners named Mohammed for each of our men? /sarc


5 posted on 11/21/2011 11:12:44 AM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: lbryce

related: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2810438/posts


6 posted on 11/21/2011 11:13:44 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: TexasCajun
"Will Bari contemplate a spy for terrorist trade?"

I don't think he will give himself up for the spies. :-)

7 posted on 11/21/2011 11:13:56 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Breto

Yep. That, too.


8 posted on 11/21/2011 11:14:31 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: lbryce

When you apply for life insurance never put down your job as a CIA spy in the Middle East.


9 posted on 11/21/2011 11:18:04 AM PST by AU72
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To: lbryce

“Espionage is a risky business,” a U.S. official briefed on the developments told ABC News, confirming the loss of the unspecified number of spies over the last six months.

“Many risks lead to wins, but some result in occasional setbacks,” the official said.

Especially if you are unlucky enough to have worked for such a hostile naive arrogant irreverent authority-challenged America-hating group such as the obama regime and the incompetent homo-angst dominated Rodham State Department.

I can see these oily bitter weasels saying “Take THAT Petraeus.”

I do believe the only secrets these people have kept is Moochelles weight and vacay budget, Barry’s birf certificate, Reggies real relationship with the pos, and who was aboard Air Force One for the 911- re-created joyride that terrorized Manhattan in fall 2009.


10 posted on 11/21/2011 11:22:06 AM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
or to justify a possible US strike on Iran?

Just remember who is CIC, and rethink that possibility....No phocking way Zer0 would consider this.

11 posted on 11/21/2011 11:23:38 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: AU72

[quote]When you apply for life insurance never put down your job as a CIA spy in the Middle East.[/quote]

Haha, and dont let obama or his administration that you work for the cia in one of his peoples places.


12 posted on 11/21/2011 11:27:59 AM PST by thesaleboat (Pray The Rosary Daily)
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To: lbryce

While it is true that our “covert friendlies” have been caught from time to time, it is also true that the CIA has been waxing political in recent years, and their competence has been eroded by that unfortunate fact.


13 posted on 11/21/2011 11:30:14 AM PST by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: lbryce
The U.S. official, speaking for the record but without attribution, gave grudging credit to the efforts of Iran and Hezbollah to detect and expose U.S. and Israeli espionag

Baloney. Occam's Razor says: We have a mole in the CIA or the State Department. Uncovering a "ring" is very difficult. Much more difficult than uncovering a "spy". I don't buy it.

14 posted on 11/21/2011 11:32:45 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: silverleaf

This happened while Pannetta or whatever his name is was in charge. Petraeus was put in to clean up the mess. What worries me is Pannetta is now in charge of our military, God help them even more than they needed it before!


15 posted on 11/21/2011 11:34:42 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

Petraeus took over CIA last January?
If so, this network unraveled on his watch, but due to sloppy oversight by Pannetta (whose own daughter is a communist-dictator hugging idiot)

Pannetta is such a loser. Perfect for the obama team.


16 posted on 11/21/2011 11:39:29 AM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: lbryce
Anyone think this is happening by ACCIDENT? Anyone?

I don't. I suspect a mole...or a whole massive series of moles. And who knows how far it goes?

This is not tin foil hat crap. Big time problems...we are going to have to get a government serious about our national security needs.

17 posted on 11/21/2011 11:41:08 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: InterceptPoint
We have a mole in the CIA or the State Department.

Exactamundo! Damage to US interests, whether military, intelligence or diplomatic -- inevitably results whenever we decide to trust muslims inside the organization.

We must NEVER, EVER, for any reason, trust a muslim with the lives and assets of our American interests.

18 posted on 11/21/2011 11:46:39 AM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

This shows we must get rid of our present Obama government.They certainly are not on my side.


19 posted on 11/21/2011 11:50:35 AM PST by ardara
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To: Migraine
We have a mole in the CIA or the State Department.

We have many Muslim moles in the CIA or the State Department.

20 posted on 11/21/2011 11:52:32 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: lbryce

ya....Obama needs to send more hundreds of millions of dollars to the Pali terrorists.....


21 posted on 11/21/2011 11:53:20 AM PST by G Larry (Catholic Conservative Supporting Israel!)
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To: NativeNewYorker

Uh...cuz we’ve already returned all but a handful of terrorists....

Sorry, you’re cynicism it late to the policy wonks....


22 posted on 11/21/2011 11:56:05 AM PST by G Larry (Catholic Conservative Supporting Israel!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

—Why would this information be revealed in the first place....and, of all places, on Good Morning America? Is this to ‘prepare us’ or to justify a possible US strike on Iran?—

I couple your question with this from the article:

“Other current and former officials said the discovery of the two U.S. spy rings occurred separately, but amounted to a setback of significant proportions in efforts to track the activities of the Iranian nuclear program and the intentions of Hezbollah against Israel. “

I also add that this is relatively old news and there are a lot of Iranian “nuke” stories lately. I think there is a strong probability that the answer to your question is, yes.


23 posted on 11/21/2011 12:06:40 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: silverleaf
Just like the ol' failed rescue attempt.


24 posted on 11/21/2011 12:09:09 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: G Larry

There are plenty of (cough) urban terrorists (cough) who’d fit the bill.


25 posted on 11/21/2011 12:12:03 PM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: All

26 posted on 11/21/2011 12:14:47 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Remember that Canadian who warned us of the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House? There’s a video around.


27 posted on 11/21/2011 12:15:41 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: lbryce
The U.S. official, speaking for the record but without attribution, gave grudging credit to the efforts of Iran and Hezbollah to detect and expose U.S. and Israeli espionage.

My guess there is a mole in the White House.

28 posted on 11/21/2011 12:33:49 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: reagandemocrat

Muslim Brotherhood in the White House, by Tarek Fatah, begins at 11:50—and he names names:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz6Mu9gcAp8


29 posted on 11/21/2011 12:37:02 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: lbryce

Brace for the worst but pray for the best. Prayers for our brave agents and their families. Tremendous fear for their safety and lives.


30 posted on 11/21/2011 12:50:48 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: ErnBatavia

Yurr so right. Obama is in there knee deep. Deeper.

Its his empowerment and muslim outreach, his Arab spring c/w MB endorsement and preparation for the caliphate does not stop there....

What is this guy doing in OUR White House?


31 posted on 11/21/2011 1:02:13 PM PST by himno hero (Obamas theme...Death to America...The crusaders will pay!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
I have a question. Why would this information be revealed in the first place....and, of all places, on Good Morning America?

I had the same question. I thought the standing policy was to never confirm or deny anyone was a spy.

32 posted on 11/21/2011 1:03:22 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: NativeNewYorker

We may be trading for dead bodies of our agents. Remember when our CIA trained the Iranians when the Shah was in power? our Defense Dept and Pentagon must have their heads up their asses busily plotting defense dept cuts. OH and they think waterboarding is bad? hate to tell you what our agents went through


33 posted on 11/21/2011 1:03:23 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: lbryce

Well, there goes the revolution. Let’s bomb Iran and Lebanon.


34 posted on 11/21/2011 1:04:39 PM PST by familyop ("Dry land is not just our destination, it is our destiny!" --Deacon character, "Waterworld")
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To: lbryce

Oh look - they just reopened the Natalie Wood case, turducken is all the rage, Michelle got booed, Beiber is not (I repeat, is not) a dad, they just had AMA, and you expect me to know about this?! The media will cover it when they can figure out it is George Bush’s fault.


35 posted on 11/21/2011 1:08:05 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Yup, the Obama administrations has compromised these people by giving the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR free reign in this administration

I think we need to take a more Russian approach to getting these people back.

36 posted on 11/21/2011 1:11:58 PM PST by rdcbn
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To: lbryce

The media will not do any serious investigating of the Obama admin regarding this..... They will wait until Obama shows them that this is all Bush’s fault then they will blame Bush and praise Barry.... The Kremlin had Pravda, the White House has the MSM.


37 posted on 11/21/2011 1:20:31 PM PST by Typical_Whitey (Democrat socialist engineering of America is treason.)
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To: lbryce
Did Baraq Hussein 0bama or someone in his regime "out" these agents as part of a re-election political gambit? If so, it is TREASON!

They'll play hell trying to get anyone to help us now.

FUBO GTFO! 425 Days until Noon Jan 20, 2013
If the Country can survive that long!

38 posted on 11/21/2011 1:26:37 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: lbryce; RushIsMyTeddyBear; NativeNewYorker; All
Hezbollah has dealt a heavy blow to CIA operations in Lebanon, forcing the intelligence agency to curtail its espionage activities in the country, US officials say.

According to current and former US officials, CIA operations in Lebanon have been badly damaged after the resistance movement identified and captured a number of US spies this year, AP reported.

They have also said that CIA officials have secretly been scrambling in recent months to protect their remaining spies, foreign assets or agents working for the agency, before Hezbollah finds them.

Giving credit to Hezbollah for uncovering the espionage rings, the US officials blamed negligence by CIA managers and sloppy practices used by the spies for their networks being discovered in Lebanon, which is considered a key watching post for collecting crucial intelligence on Middle East countries including Syria and Iran.

It remains unclear whether anyone has been or will be held accountable in the wake of this counterintelligence disaster.

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah in June announced the arrest of several spies affiliated with the CIA, who had infiltrated the ranks of the group. Nasrallah said that CIA officers, posing as diplomats at the US Embassy in Beirut, had recruited them in early 2011.

At the time, US officials denied the report, but now current and former US officials concede that Hezbollah busted several US spy rings and arrested a number of American spies, which affected CIA espionage activities in Lebanon.

"Beirut station is out of business," said one source using the CIA terminology.

In April 2009, Lebanon launched a nationwide crackdown on spy cells, mostly Israeli networks, arresting nearly 100 people, including members of the country's security forces and telecommunications personnel, on suspicion of espionage for Mossad.

A number of the suspects have admitted to their role in helping Israel identify targets inside Lebanon, mostly belonging to Hezbollah, which Tel Aviv heavily bombed during its 2006 war against the country.

If convicted, the spies will face life sentences with hard labor. Should they be found guilty of contributing to the loss of Lebanese lives, the agents will face capital punishment.

Press TV

39 posted on 11/21/2011 1:35:55 PM PST by Cardhu
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
I have a question. Why would this information be revealed in the first place....and, of all places, on Good Morning America? Is this to ‘prepare us’ or to justify a possible US strike on Iran?

All of these "anonymous" sources the reporters are referring to are probably spreading as much misinformation around as possible, and the American media is dumb enough to lap it up, while our enemies know better.
40 posted on 11/21/2011 1:41:53 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Works for me, just tell those scum dogs that if they don’t turn over those agents by tomorrow we nuke their military sites..and mean it..


41 posted on 11/21/2011 2:05:22 PM PST by aces
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Let’s get real, we have an entire armed army already in our country, they have been immigrating for decades preparing for these times, the mooselimbs may be wigged out alright, but stupid they are not..at least they control their borders..
Come Lord...


42 posted on 11/21/2011 2:08:23 PM PST by aces
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To: ardara

Obamma mamba jamma lenin khomeini is the mole...


43 posted on 11/21/2011 2:09:26 PM PST by aces
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To: lbryce

How is this a mystery? Obama ‘gave them up’
......


44 posted on 11/21/2011 2:09:31 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: himno hero

simple, he is plotting to kill us, we have lost our country already and they are planning an assault before election time...he is an illegal in the WH, and no one can even get the law to hold him accountable, say hello to the 12th iman.


45 posted on 11/21/2011 2:14:59 PM PST by aces
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Generated crisis commin at ya. They have to show this community organizer and chief as a great military leader


46 posted on 11/21/2011 2:29:54 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: ronnie raygun

God help us.


47 posted on 11/21/2011 2:34:13 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: musicman

LOL! Good one!


48 posted on 11/21/2011 2:35:00 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: himno hero

“What is this guy doing in OUR White House?”

Decapitating America.


49 posted on 11/21/2011 3:11:10 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Thanks!

50 posted on 11/21/2011 3:23:03 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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