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

Robert Fisk in Beirut

Published 18/02/2010 | 05:00

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.

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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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