Storm in Belgium over Moroccan spy
By Yacine Le Forestier
BRUSSELS. Abdelkader Belliraj’s links with Belgian intelligence raises serious questions about nature of ‘golden informant’. Was he following orders or did he fool the Belgians? The arrest of an Islamist in Morocco has Belgian authorities wondering if they have been duped by a "double agent" alleged to have acted as an informer while planning several deadly attacks.
The growing storm is swirling around Abdelkader Belliraj, 50, a Belgian and Moroccan national who was arrested last month in Morocco on suspicions of having led an Al Qaeda-linked group of 35 Islamic extremists.
He is also a prime suspect in six unexplained killings in Belgium at the end of the 1980s.
Although the Moroccan accusations were at first met with scepticism in Belgium, authorities now consider them credible.
"Their investigation seems to be quite extensive and serious," a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutors, Lieve Pellens, said after a recent visit of a team of Belgian police to Morocco.
But the case took a new twist when it emerged that Belliraj was probably for years a paid informer for Belgium's domestic intelligence services, the State Security.
The head of the agency, Alain Winants, implicitly acknowledged that was the case recently by filing a complaint after the "highly classified" information was revealed in the press.
The revelation has reignited a simmering row among Belgian authorities, with federal police investigators accusing the State Security of not being careful enough in recruiting its informers and not keeping other services informed.
How many of such "double agents" are working within the F.B.I., C.I.A., H.L.S., etc...etc...etc...?!?!?
At the rate our government was hiring moslems after the 9-11 attacks, I wouldn't be surprised if there aren't dozens of such "doubel agents"...
Of course, the "powers that be" are looking & will look the other way, they are way too politically correct for our own good...
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