“We created the Jordanian intelligence service, and now we own it.”
George J. Tenet, Former Director of Central Intelligence Agency
Today we learn that weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency (intended for Syrian rebels) have been « systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market ».
For now, Jordan denies the allegation.
« The General Intelligence Directorate, or G.I.D., is a world-class, reputable institution known for its professional conduct and high degree of cooperation among security agencies ».
It is not known if the current head of the G.I.D., Gen. Faisal al-Shoubaki, is involved in this affair but there seems to be no doubt that senior officers have played their role.
Actually, it should not come as a big surprize…
“Two recent heads of the service, also known as the Mukhabarat, have been sent to prison on charges including embezzlement, money laundering and bank fraud.”
“One of them, Gen. Samih Battikhi, ran the G.I.D. from 1995 to 2000 and was convicted of being part of a scheme to obtain bank loans of around $600 million for fake government contracts and pocketing about $25 million. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, but the sentence was eventually reduced to four years that were served in his villa in the seaside town of Aqaba.”
“Gen. Mohammad al-Dahabi, who ran the service from 2005 to 2008, was later convicted of stealing millions of dollars that G.I.D. officers had seized from Iraqi citizens crossing into Jordan in the years after the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. His trial showed that he had also arranged for money to be smuggled in private cars from Iraq into Jordan and had been involved in selling Jordanian citizenship to Iraqi businessmen. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison and fined tens of millions of dollars.”
I remind you that the secret doc originated from Jordan and was sent to John Major in 1996.
The SCCRC concluded that if that document – which deals with the MEBO timer (PT35b) and the PFLP-GC of Ahmed Jibril – had been made available to the defence of Megrahi, the judges could not have reached some of the conclusions that were necessary to convict Megrahi. (See LOCKERBIE SECRET DOC – What Do We Know? )