The Central Intelligence Agency has been authorised to take covert action against Hizbollah as part of a secret plan [Not secret any more! --ed.] by President George W. Bush to help the Lebanese government prevent the spread of Iranian influence. Senators and congressmen have been briefed on the classified "non-lethal presidential finding" that allows the CIA to provide financial and logistical support to the prime minister, Fouad Siniora.With the Dems in the majority in Congress now, the likelihood of leaks such as this increases dramatically.
The finding was signed by Mr Bush before Christmas after discussions between his aides and Saudi Arabian officials. Details of its existence, known only to a small circle of White House officials, intelligence officials and members of Congress, have been passed to The Daily Telegraph.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Another cat out of the bag
The Telegraph of London reports that the CIA has received presidential approval for covert operations against Hizballah.