Further evidence has emerged this week which suggests that Mohamed Merah, the Frenchman shot dead on March 22nd whilst accused of murdering seven in the name of Al Qaeda, was an intelligence asset and informant.
Resistance Radio reported on Merah’s extensive links to the intelligence services on the day he was shot dead by special forces, following a 32-hour standoff. This Tuesday March 27th, Yves Bonnet, former head of France’s counter-espionage service Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire (DST) added his expert voice to those questioning the official narrative — which is that Merah was a “lone wolf” operative who somehow “slipped through the net”. Speaking to La Dépêche, translated into English in The Independent, Bonnet said:
“It was ‘striking’ that Merah seemed to have a DCRI ‘handler’. Having a handler, that is not an innocent thing,’ he said. ‘I don’t know how far his relationship, or collaboration, with the service went but it is a question worth raising.'”
Whether friendly or dismissive, the communication between the two certainly suggests that the agent may have been acting as his handler, with Merah an informant. As Alex Lantier notes, Squarcini said the interview had been:
‘an administrative interview without coercion, as we were not in a judicial setting.’ Thus Merah was freely giving the DCRI information it wanted to know; that is, he acted as an informant, officially or otherwise.
On March 26th, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that an investigation by the internal intelligence service Shin Bet revealed Merah had spent three days in the country in September 2010. States Haaretz:
Merah entered Israel after crossing the Allenby Bridge from Jordan in September 2010. He was investigated by the Shin Bet. The investigation did not bring up any suspicious information, and he was allowed to enter the country.
Merah visited Israel before his stay in Afghanistan or Pakistan, thus there was no information that could indicate whether or not he constituted a security threat.
using cover provided by the French external espionage service, the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure(DGSE).
Considering his criminal history, his links to French Islamic extremist organizations, and particularly the fact that he was on a US no-fly list (though the date of his appearance on the list has not been confirmed by US authorities), it is very hard to understand how Merah was able to evade standard security procedures and freely enter Israel — unless, as the intelligence sources cited by Il Foglio claim, he was doing so as an asset and with the full awareness and protection of both the French and Israeli intelligence services.
If so, he would be merely the latest in a long line of Islamic assets who have committed appalling terrorist acts whilst fostered by the intelligence services; acts which are then typically passed off by the authorities as tragic, unforeseeable events, and for which there is rarely any official accountability.
This article first appeared at Resistance Radio.
Brit Dee runs an independent online radio station called Resistance Radio, which broadcasts daily news, views and analysis challenging the lies of our corrupt political and financial leaders, and the controlled corporate media, at http://www.resistradio.com.