Kuwaiti Amir Reneges on Iranian Intel deal. By Dr. Richard L. Benkin


Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran have long boasted of their goals to export jihad to Muslim-majority nations that are not in tune with their brand of radical Islam. But now, a part-time intelligence operative has alleged to an Asian newspaper that Iranian intelligence agents were involved in an attempt to overthrow the government of Kuwait and murder members of the royal family, including Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah, the nation's head of state. The allegations also include a claim that the Kuwaiti government first encouraged the operatives to gather more intelligence on the matter---which activiti es resulted in one agent's death---but then refused to provide agreed-upon payments or other forms of support, eventually suspending contacts. An Iranian-born US resident told the newspaper that a highly placed Iranian official and longtime acquaintance first contacted him as early as 2003 with information about the Iranian government's plans to "destabilize Sheikhdoms [the so-called littoral Gulf States] with objectives to change their governments." Thus ensued a process by which he was able to confirm the information's validity through independent sources. It was also during that period that he came across information that Kuwait and its Amir were specific targets in that overall Iranian effort. Once he believed the information was credible, the agent told the the newspaper, he contacted the Kuwaitis. Very soon after that contact, a member of the Kuwaiti royal family made contact with the agent who said the royal family member responded positively to the initial information. According to documents provided the daily, a response by someone that high up in the royal family was not usual but "due to the sensitive nature of your message, I was asked to personally follow it up with you," the document said. The agent added that the Kuwaitis then "ran their own check" of the information and asked for a me eting. The meeting, according to the Asian newspaper informant, took place in June 2005 at a Los Angeles hotel. The agent met with a "designated trusted man of Amir," identified as "Bo Hamad Abdulaziz." To further substantiate his credibility, the agent faxed an "intelligence document" to the Kuwaitis prior to the meeting. That document, he said, confirms the Iranian plot against the Kuwaiti Amir and his government. (At that time in 2005, the Amir held both positions, Chief of State and Head of Governm ent.) The two met---after some back and forth negotiation as to location---at which time, the agent said, the Kuwaiti representative agreed to pay him and his operatives for additional information and encouraged them to continue their intelligence work. He noted told that Bo Hamad was "totally authorized by Amir to decide about the deal and all aspects of it." He also said the Amir was continuously aware of the events that were unfolding. Based on that, they proceeded and subsequently provided the Kuwaitis with two additional documents about Iranian activities against the emirate. It was told that in July, one of the operatives "was shot while leaving the Ministry" in Iran with additional intelligence. "His death was confirmed by my main contact." This caused their work on behalf of the Kuwaitis to be suspended. To date, it has not been re-started. Moreover, the intelligence agent further alleges that the Amir never paid him the money that Bo Hamad promised in exchange for their activities. For ten months, he says, "we requested they amicably take care of this obligation to no avail" and eventuall y threatened to go public. That decision was also motivated by anger over his associate's death. "Look, business is business," he said, "and if we put ourselves in such dangerous position to help Kuwaitis in return for agreed amount of payments, and Amir guaranteed it, then of course we feel we are cheated and...above all we lost one man on duty based on Amir`s word to get more intelligence!" The intelligence agent is convinced that the Kuwaitis have continued to use the intelligence he provided them. Between the time they received the first document and the Los Angeles meeting, Kuwaiti security arrested a number of agents belonging to Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security. The government said the agents were spying on locations used by American personnel in Kuwait. It is unclear whether the arrests were linked to the information provided by the agent or if they helped pique Kuwaiti interest in him. (WEEKLY BLITZ. BANGLADESH)

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