Lebanese Report: Leaked Documents Show Israel Sought to Arm Syrian Rebels

Hackers reportedly broke into Israeli defense officials' computers, obtained documents exposing contacts with Syrian rebels, attempted recruitment of agents.

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Israeli soldiers stand near the border with Syria in the Golan Heights as they prepare to evacuate a wounded Syrian let in for medical treatment, September 23, 2014.
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The Lebanese news website Al-Akhbar, considered affiliated with Hezbollah, reported on Thursday that it has obtained documents showing that Israeli officials tried to coordinate the transfer of weapons to Syrian opposition forces.

Mandi Safdi, in 2006.Credit: Nir Keidar

According to the report, the hackers managed to break into the computers of Israeli defense officials, acquiring files, transcripts, phone numbers, addresses and secret documents. The hackers also hacked the computer and tapped the phone of "the Druze official closest to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu," Mandi Safdi, a former parliamentary aide to MK Ayoub Kara (Likud).

According to the report, the surveillance of Safdi, which lasted several months, exposed senior Lebanese and Syrian officials as cooperating with Israel.

The obtained documents revealed an attempt by Safdi to recruit Lebanese and Syrian agents and to transfer arms to Syrian opposition groups, the report said. Contact between an Islamic State member and Israel was also revealed, according to the report.

The documents also pointed out coordination between Syrian opposition elements and Lebanese groups and Israel in obtaining information about Hezbollah outposts and members.

According to the report, Al-Akhbar intends to release the documents gradually.

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