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
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