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by WhiteKnight, UK, Tuesday, August 07, 2012, 09:31 @ WhiteKnight

The CIA's support for the world's most infamous terrorist

A long-forgotten report by famed investigative reporter Jack Anderson that appeared on September 23, 1980, in The Washington Post, may be collecting dust in the CIA archives, but its importance is clear in the face of repeated connections between the U.S. intelligence community and acts of terrorism, including the mass shootings in Tucson; Aurora, Colorado; and Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

Anderson's report, researched in conjunction with his associate Dale Van Atta and based on Top Secret documents from the CIA and the State Department, showed that the now-imprisoned Carlos the Jackal, aka Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, a Venezuelan national and the son of an expatriate millionaire Colombian lawyer, was a long-time informant for the CIA. Anderson's report also suggested that some intelligence experts believed that Carlos the Jackal was also a paid assassin who worked for the CIA.

Carlos was in an excellent position to both kill for the CIA and spy for it. Carlos's younger brother was a leader of the Venezuelan Communist Party and Carlos, at age 17, was reportedly trained at a guerrilla camp in Cuba that was overseen by Soviet KGB General Viktor Simenov.

However, the Soviet bloc and nationalist Third World governments were always wary of Carlos. He was expelled from Moscow's Patrice Lumumba University in 1969. Throughout his years of supporting a number of terrorst attacks, Carlos was expelled from the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Jordan, and Syria and he was on persona non grata lists in Cuba, Libya, and Iraq.

In 1994, while Carlos lived in Sudan, the Sudanese government conspired with the French DST domestic intelligence service to kidnap Carlos in Khartoum and fly him to France. Carlos was tried and convicted for the 1975 murder of two DST agents who wanted to interview Carlos at a Paris house during a party.

In June 1975, the DST captured in Paris, Carlos's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) contact, Michel Moukharbal, aka "Andre," a Lebanese national, who later was discovered to be a Mossad agent. Carlos shot and killed Moukharal, who had accompanied the DST agents to question Carlos. Carlos was able to successfully flee from a French law enforcement dragnet.

Moukharbal and Carlos, acting under the orders of PFLP leader Wadie Haddad, planned to commandeer an El Al passenger plane at Orly Airport outside Paris in December 1974 but an El Al wildcat strike grounded El Al planes in Tel Aviv. On January 13, 1975, Carlos and an associate attempted to fire an Russian-made rocket-propelled grenade launcher (RPG-7) at an El Al Boeing 707, en route from Tel Aviv to New York, while taxiing for take-off at Orly. The two grenades misfired; one hit a parked car and did not explode and the other fired off wildly and hit a Yugoslav JAT DC-9 on the runway.

Earlier, Carlos and the Japanese Red Army, using grenades "stolen" from the U.S. Army base in Germany, seized the French embassy in The Hague. The theft of the grenades was said to have been the work of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist group, which was also suspected of being infiltrated by the CIA. Before the embassy seizure in The Hague, Carlos tossed a grenade into the crowded trendy and Jewish-owned Le Drugstore Saint-Germain on Paris's Left Bank, killing two and wounding several others. Carlos had worked with the Japanese Red Army before, in the Japanese group's massacre of passengers at Lod Airport in Tel Aviv in 1972 on behalf of the PFLP.

Carlos had befriended one of his fellow students, Mohammed Boudia, a Palestinian commando, at Patrice Lumumba University. In 1970, Carlos fought alongside Boudia's PFLP guerrillas against the government of King Hussein of Jordan. At the same time, Carlos attended courses at the Polytechnic of Central London. After Mossad assassinated Boudia, Carlos shot Joseph Sieff, owner of the British Marks & Spencer department store chain and deputy chief of the British Zionist Federation. Sieff was in the bathroom of his London home when Carlos gained entry and shot him. Carlos fled the scene and Sieff survived after the 9 mm bullet from Carlos's Beretta "bounced off" Sieff's dentures and rendered him unconscious.

Carlos was known as "El Gordo" (the fat one) among the London night club set, a trait he shared with someone he would later laud from his French prison cell, Osama Bin Laden. In the 1980s, one Tim Osman was known to frequent the discos and bars of San Diego, Houston, and Beirut. Tim Osman was the cover name the CIA assigned to their agent and veteran of the CIA's secret war against the Soviets in Afghanistan. Tim Osman was actually Osama Bin Laden.

In 1974, Carlos tried, but failed, to bomb the Israeli Bank Hapoalim in London. In August 1974, Carlos exploded bombs in rental cars at the Paris offices of three pro-Israeli newspapers, L'Aurore, Minute, and L'Arche, but gave the papers advance notice. A rental car bomb planted at Maison de la Radio, headquarters of French state radio, failed to explode due to a faulty timer.

In 1975, Carlos masterminded the seizure of hostages during a summit of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at its Vienna headquarters. Carlos was under orders from Haddad to execute two top oil ministers, Ahmed Zaki Yamani of Saudi Arabia and Jamshid Amuzgar of Iran. Instead, the only three persons who died in the OPEC hostage seizure were an Austrian policeman and two nations of nations with which Carlos had been linked by Western governments: an Iraqi OPEC staffer and a Libyan government official. The corporate media reported that Muammar Qaddafi of Libya ordered the hostage-taking at OPEC in return for paying Carlos $2 million. Yet, of the three people killed, one was a member of Qaddafi's own government.

Once again, the world's most feared terrorist, failed to carry out, to the letter, one his ultimate assignments. Carlos's resume was rife with failed assassinations, aircraft attacks, and car bombings.

Carlos had been reportedly affiliated with the Palestinian Black September guerrilla attack on Israeli athletes at the Munich Summer Olympics in 1972. Yet, one of Carlos's PFLP associates was none other than Moukharbal, the covert Mossad agent, who apparently failed to inform the Israelis of the planned attack or, if he did signal the terrorists' plans to his superiors, the attack was allowed to happen on purpose.

In June 1976, Carlos was said to have been involved in the hijacking of Air France flight 139, en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, after it took off from Athens. The hijackers diverted the plane to Entebbe, Uganda. In 2007, it was reported that documents found in the British National Archives pointed to Israel's Shin Bet security service having cooperated with the PFLP, which had employed Mossad mole Moukharbal, jointly conducted the hijacking of the Air France Airbus A300. Israeli commandos, led by Binyamin Netanyahu's brother Yonatan Netanyahu, stormed the Entebbe airport on July 4, 1976 (America's Bicentennial anniversary) and killed all seven hijackers and some 45 Ugandan troops. Two Israeli civilians died during the Israeli raid and a third Israeli civilian later died from injuries sustained in the rescue operation, code-named Operation Thunderbolt. Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu also died during the attack.

The British document states that D. H. Colvin of the British embassy in Paris received information from a source with the Euro-Arab Parliamentary Assembly that was as follows: "According to his [the source's] information, the hijack was the work of the PFLP, with help from the Israeli Secret Service, the Shin Beit [sic].. . The operation was designed to torpedo the PLO's standing in France and to prevent what they see as a growing rapprochement between the PLO and the Americans. . . My contact said the PFLP had attracted all sorts of wild elements, some of whom had been planted by the Israelis."

Although there were 30 British passengers on the Air France plane, British Prime Minster James Callaghan pointedly never sent a message of congratulations for the Entebbe raid to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the British government was not certain that the Israeli raid was even justified under international law. One of the British documents states: "The Israelis have been critical of the fact that the prime minister did not send a personal message of congratulations to Mr. Rabin and that our public statement fell short of an endorsement of the Israeli action at Entebbe." Another document points out that Israel used its lobby in Britain to voice criticism over the British government's muted response. However, in the face of actionable intelligence that Israel was responsible for the hijacking of the plane, a British endorsement of the action would be disingenuous, at best.

Uganda's dictator Field Marshal Idi Amin Dada, a Muslim, attended Israeli paratrooper school in 1965 and was awarded Israeli paratrooper wings, which he always wore on his uniform with pride. Amin ousted Ugandan President Milton Obote in a 1971 coup with the help of his good friend, Colonel Baruch Bar-Lev, the head of the Israeli military mission in Kampala. Israel then sold Amin tanks, military aircraft, and weapons. Amin ejected the Israelis from Uganda after he suspected they were organizing a coup against him after the Israelis rejected Amin's request for advanced fighters and other weapons to invade Tanzania. After the raid on Entebbe, Bar-Lev, said Amin phoned him and said the Israeli commandos who attacked Entebbe were "very good" and that Amin was able to persuade the hijackers to dismantle explosives they placed around the old terminal building where the hostages were being held to clear the way for the Israeli commando raid. Amin also told Bar-Lev that he was expelling Arab guerrilla groups in Uganda because they had been "nothing but trouble."

Anderson's story on Carlos's links to the CIA originated in 1974. The CIA learned that the six-nation "Operation Condor" consortium of South American right-wing military dictatorships (Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Brazil) had put out a hit on Carlos. The hit was in retaliation for Carlos's assassination of Colonel Ramon Trabal, Uruguay's military attache in Paris, and of plotting to assassinate Bolivia's ambassador in Paris and a Chilean diplomat in the Middle East. A Top Secret document that fell into Anderson's hands states that the CIA warned the French government of Condor's plans to assassinate Carlos and the six nations were warned by Langley to call off their operation.

Anderson said one source told him the CIA saved Carlos because the world's most wanted terrorist had been a "CIA informant" and that the "agency was simply protecting one of its own."

On December 23, 1997, Carlos was found guilty by a French court and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2001, Carlos converted to Islam. In 2003, Carlos penned a book titled "Revolutionary Islam," in which he praises Osama Bin Laden, who, like Carlos the Jackal, was once a CIA-employed high-flying disco and night club habitué.

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