Sunday 26 March 2017

Robert Fisk: Not one of the nations spoken to has notified Interpol of the passports used in their name

Robert Fisk in Beirut

Collusion. That's what it is all about. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) suspect -- only suspect, mark you -- that Europe's 'security collaboration' with Israel has crossed a line into illegality, where British passports (and those of other EU nations) can be used to send Israeli agents into the Gulf to kill Israel's enemies.

At 3.49pm yesterday (Beirut time, 1.49pm in London), my Lebanese phone rang. It was a source -- impeccable, I know him, he spoke with the authority I know he has in Abu Dhabi -- to say that "the British passports are real. They are hologram pictures with the biometric stamp. They are not forged or fake. The names were really there. If you can fake a hologram or biometric stamp, what does this mean?"

The voice -- I know the man and his origins well -- wants to talk.

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