Thursday, September 8, 2016

Was Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas A Soviet Spy?

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, at the United Nations in September 2015. Credit Mike Segar/Reuters

BBC: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas 'was KGB agent'

Israeli researchers have alleged that the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, worked for the Soviet intelligence agency the KGB in the early 1980s.

Researchers from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem say a Soviet-era document lists him as an agent.

The president's spokesman described the claim as an absurd Israeli "smear".

He suggested it was made to derail attempts to re-start Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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WNU Editor: It looks like someone wants to "take him out".

More News On Reports That Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Was A Soviet Spy

Palestinian leader Abbas was KGB spy in 1980s: Israeli researchers -- Reuters
Soviet Document Suggests Mahmoud Abbas Was a KGB Spy in the 1980s -- New York Times
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was once a KGB spy code-named 'Mole,' report claims -- Washington Post
Soviet documents 'show Abbas was KGB agent'; Fatah decries 'smear campaign' -- The Times of Israel
'Mole?': Abbas dismisses claim he was Soviet agent -- AFP


Matthew Dupuis said...

"It looks like someone wants to "take him out"." Maybe somebody in the State Department looking for a cause to incite another uprising and yet another botched regime change that leads to Hamas or The Muslim Brotherhood or ISIS seizing control of the West Bank.

Anonymous said...

Not sure why this would derail him or take him out. PLO was not a servant of Moscow, but it was certainly a tool Moscow would use. His only value as a spy would be to keep the KGB informed of what was really happening inside the PLO so they could verify whether what they were told by its leaders were true. I can't imagine how that would change any relationship he would have with foreign leaders nowadays. Now if the Palestinians would become upset, that would be different.