BEIRUT – A leaked Saudi diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks has revealed that a source told the Kingdom’s embassy in Beirut US intelligence had infiltrated Hezbollah through its close allies the Amal Movement.
In a letter addressed on January 31, 2012 to then-Saudi FM Saud al-Faysal, the Saudi Embassy in Beirut wrote that a “well-informed source close to Hezbollah” said that the Shiite party “has been beset by tensions since they were breached by the American intelligence agency in south Lebanon.”
“The US has been able to breach the party through the Amal Movement which is led by [Speaker] Nabih Berri, specifically through Amal MP Ali Bazzi, one of Nabih Berri’s close associates,” the unnamed source told the diplomatic post.
He added that “the US Military Attaché is the one supervising the breach. A US national of Lebanese origin called Michel who lives in the US and frequently visits Lebanon is the coordinator.”
Hezbollah and Bazzi strongly denied the veracity of the account, which did not go into more detail on the matter.
“Hezbollah Media Relations wishes to assert that the remarks of the source cited [in the leaked cable] have no connection at all to Hezbollah,” the party said in a statement.
“The cited remarks of that source which is anonymous and unknown to us were not uttered by any Hezbollah official.”
“Furthermore, their contents have no grounding in the truth, and therefore we categorically deny them.”
In a statement cited by Lebanon’s state National News Agency, Bazzi also denied the truthfulness of the cable, dismissing its contents as “a cheap attempt to drive a wedge between the Amal Movement and Hezbollah.”
“We don’t need a testament to our reputation and history from anyone, not from Wikileaks or anybody else,” he said in the statement.