Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Friday, August 19, 2005

Rumors swirl concerning Mehlis Commission's findings

L'Orient-Le Jour reports that the findings of the Mehlis Commission investigating the assassination of Rafik Hariri are so explosive that final report will be delayed for weeks. An article by E.M, the paper's correspondent in Paris, says that the Lebanese public must be prepared before the release of the report. The consequences are estimated to be earth-shaking.

L'Orient-Le Jour's correspondent interviewed a personality named Johnny Abdo, a former ambassador*, who suggested that the delay is a tactical one, allowing "the bomb to drop without feeling the blast."

[I doubt that Mehlis knows anything, but speculation does sell newspapers--Nur].

*Raf al-Mansur informs us that Johnny Abdo headed Lebanese military intelligence in the 80's, likely in the Gemayel government.

4 Comments:

Blogger raf* said...

ya nur,

johnny abdo was the head of the (military?) intelligence of the maronite gov't in the 80s.

did you ever get a chance to see the al-jazeera documentary "harb lubnan"?

that's where i remember him from...

--raf*

2:28 AM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

Thank you for the info on Abdo, raf! No, unfortunately I haven't seen "harb lubnon".

12:10 PM  
Blogger raf* said...

ya nur-

you might want to think about turning off "anonymous" comments in order to stop spam.

i've also posted on how to tweak blogger so that it puts up a "spam guard".

i HATE spam.

ciao,

--raf*

2:04 PM  
Anonymous barney said...

I know almost nothing about Johnny Abdo. I read that he was close to Rarik and Rarik suggested him for President. Know that he headed Intelligence back then and know he is retired and think he does not now live in Lubnan. I have tried to find more about him,and would appreciate it if you would post here in comments either info on him or a URL with info about him.

Thanks

barney g.

PS I HATE SPAM, TOO!

10:40 AM  

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