Hezbollah’s Nasrallah says CIA spies found in his organization


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said members of his terrorist organization have confessed to being spies working for the CIA at the behest of Israel.

The United States denied the accusations.

Two of the alleged spies reportedly confessed to working for the U.S. intelligence agency, and a third to collaborating with another "foreign body," Nasrallah said June 24, according to Lebanon’s state news agency.

He accused the CIA of acting at the request of Israel after Israel failed to infiltrate his organization.

"When the Israeli enemy failed to infiltrate Hezbollah, it turned to the most powerful intelligence agency," the CIA, Nasrallah said in a speech broadcast on national television in Lebanon

Hezbollah is on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman in Beirut in refuting Nasrallah told reporters that "These are the same kinds of empty accusations that we have heard repeatedly from Hezbollah. There is no substance to his accusations.

"It appears as if Nasrallah was addressing internal problems within Hezbollah with which we have nothing to do. Our position towards Hezbollah is well known and has not changed."

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