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French special police forces unit leave after the assault on the besieged flat of suspected killer Mohamed Merah in the southwestern city of Toulouse, March 22, 2012.

By Ramin Mazaheri

Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:39AM GM

In the wake of a multiethnic and multidenominational shooting spree in France come accusations that alleged killer Mohammed Merah was an informant for France’s domestic intelligence agency.

Italian daily newspaper Il Foglio has made a second unprecedented claim: France granted Merah freedom of movement across the Middle East and in France in exchange for information.

The Italian journalist behind the claims is Daniele Raineri, who was an embedded journalist in Iraq and Afghanistan and is Il Foglio’s expert on Middle Eastern affairs. In an extensive interview with Press TV Raineri described a vast cover up of the true identity of Mohammed Merah.

Raineri is citing an intelligence source, which he will not name and whom he does not expect to come forward publicly.

Raineri says his source describes Merah as a double agent gone bad: A 23-year old who partied and used drugs while also claiming to follow extreme religious views; a globe-trotting holy warrior who also snitched on his mujahedeen brethren.

Raineri admits that he has no physical proof, no documentation, but his claims would provide answers to the ballooning conspiracy theories which began immediately after security forces shot and killed Merah, who has been steadfastly portrayed by French authorities as a self-radicalized “lone wolf”.

The list of valid questions still awaiting satisfying answers should stagger even those individuals least given to entertaining ideas of conspiracy.

Given France’s stringent gun laws, how could Merah have amassed an arsenal of eight guns, including an Uzi automatic rifle? Perhaps more importantly, given the cold-blooded precision and experienced calm the police initially described upon viewing the Jewish school’s security videos, where did he learn to use the weapons with such assurance?

How could an unemployed auto body worker who was on welfare have paid for the guns, much less a 2010 trip that saw him visit Israel, Jordan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and possibly other Middle Eastern nations? Even for the petty criminal Merah appears to have been, plane tickets, housing and food would have been a small fortune. France’s newspaper of record, Le Monde, has called this a “gray area” which needs further investigation.

How could the brother of a man accused in 2007 of smuggling Islamic jihadists into Iraq get the necessary visas to visit these hotspots? Merah was even on the FBI’s no-fly list in the United States.

Why would France require more than 10 days to find one of the handful of known Islamic extremists living in southwestern France, when all they had to do was knock on his front door, which is where he was eventually cornered? France’s DCRI (the nation’s domestic spy service) says they had followed Merah for more than a year, and recent reports allege that the DCRI had bugged Merah and his family for most of 2011.

During his final siege, why did Merah, according to Bernard Squarcini, ask for a local intelligence agent by name, and then tell her “I was going to call you to say I had some tip-offs for you, but actually I was going to [kill] you.”

Raineri is aware that he is staking his professional reputation on the claims of his anonymous source.
“I know it’s my word, but I can say my sources on this case are pretty reliable, and that’s it,” said Raineri.

Raineri’s confidence may stem from the feasible answers his source seems to provide him on many of these troubling questions.

So how does Raineri explain a known extremist like Merah gaining entry to perhaps a half dozen of the world’s biggest warzones?

“I cannot use the word ‘visa’,” said Raineri. “I’ve been told that there was some kind of arrangement or agreement to facilitate his travel. I know that (at) the entry there was some kind of guarantee because he had a really suspicious profile.”

Considering the activities of Merah's brother, many would assume that the Merah family name would have raised some red flags in international data bases. But Raineri believes Merah was working, in part, on behalf of French intelligence, which would explain why France may have cleared the obstacles from his path.

“Of course, if you have a guy going in Pakistan, in Afghanistan, and if you want to know what’s going on in the training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan you have to facilitate your guy in his travels, so that’s another pretty serious charge that I heard from my sources,” said Raineri.

Raineri confirms that the intelligence agent Merah asked for by name was on the scene to try and negotiate Merah’s surrender.

“She negotiated, and that’s because there was a trust between them,” opined Raineri. “The optional version is that they spoke just one time in November 2011, so this is a really strange point: You are under siege by police and you ask to talk with a one-time ‘handler’ you just met one time six months ago? That’s really strange, so I feel that Merah knew very well his handler.”

The French intelligence community has already come under major fire for not preventing the attacks. If Merah played the French for fools and then went on a terror campaign while supposedly under the watch of the DCRI, the damage could be irreparable.

“When one of your informers goes mad and starts killing people in the streets, I mean, it’s a huge failure,” said Raineri. “You don’t want to break the story about one your informants killing children in front of (their) school or killing soldiers in the streets.”

French President Nicolas Sarkozy formed the DCRI in 2008 and appointed Squarcini, his longtime friend. It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the DCRI, as Interior Minister Claude Gueant was forced to admit the DCRI wiretapped Le Monde’s journalists in the Bettencourt campaign finance scandal to try and find their secret source. Squarcini will face an inquiry, but the case has led to the description of the DCRI as a “political police”, far from neutral when it comes to current political matters.

Raineri has also reported on the host of differing claims made by multiple national intelligence services about Merah. The Israeli government denies that they arrested Merah for flying with a knife, but that contradicts what Squarcini said in an interview with Le Monde. The French government has denied that Merah ever trained with groups on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, but official Pakistani sources have said that France has a vital interest in cultivating Muslim extremist informants because a base in Waziristan has trained dozens of French Muslims (though it is unclear that if Merah was one of them), and is even led by a French Muslim. If official Taliban sources are to be believed, France’s account of Merah’s stay in Afghanistan should also be questioned.

France recently arrested 19 suspected Islamic militants in southwestern France, which permits Sarkozy to play tough for the election cameras. But if the DCRI, Sarkozy’s brainchild, is proved to have used Merah as an informant and failed to stop his reign of terror, Sarkozy’s re-election chances could be severely dimmed.

Mohammed Merah may not be alive to tell his story, but the French police do have his brother, Abdelkader, in custody. He is suspected of having aided his brother in multiple ways, and now the French legal system will have to rely on their judges to investigate.

A bold French judge will be needed to investigate other aspects of the case, but bold journalists are also required to continue asking questions that have flimsy answers. Yet it’s been an Italian reporter who has made the biggest claims, so far.

“The French newspapers are writing without connecting the dots,” said Raineri. “They have 80 percent of what they need but they refuse to write about Merah in the right way.”
France’s journalists have often been described as less aggressive than in many other areas of the world, but any large conspiracy is made up of many smaller conspiracies, and even a small conspiracy is hard to keep quiet for too long.

RM/JR


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  • So we're expected to buy a story coming out of Iran's official news mouthpiece? Right.

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    • @NotJiAt bottom of article it says:
      The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of Press TV.

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    • @khamomil This article is above LiveLeaks pay scale.

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    • @NotJim It's much more reliable than the "moron"-stream media, that is being presenting to US viewers! All Us, mainstream media, is owned by six corporatations, only. These six get ALL of their news from Reuters and United Press. United Press OWNS Reuters. Knowing this, it is not difficult to understand how the media is so easily manipulated.

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  • Muslims have been killing each other all the time and they always blame either the CIA or the mossad... so i really do not buy the story of a double agent crap.

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  • Friends close, enemies closer. The CIA trained Osama bin Laden and funded him in the Afghan Russian conflict. It's not as clear cut as good guys and bad guys. There are many shades of gray.....today's friend is tomorrow's enemy and vice versa.

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  • ..."“The French newspapers are writing without connecting the dots,” said Raineri. “They have 80 percent of what they need but they refuse to write about Merah in the right way.” "...

    In america, people like Spike Lee spew inacurate information on 'alledged' murderers through the freedom of vigilanti act sponsored by Al Sharpton

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    • @Hazel_Nut everytime you post you only expose yourself as more and more insecure and ignorant about America :)

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  • "Raineri admits that he has no physical proof, no documentation, but his claims would provide answers to the ballooning conspiracy theories"

    Yeah, like his own.

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  • A tragedy happened and what was considered the end may only be the beginning of a $hitstorm,,, haven't seen that before.

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  • You had me at Press TV.

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  • People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to-
    Malcolm Muggeridge

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  • wouldn't surprise me a BIT.. the french have been sucking up to arabs and muzzies for over 40 years.. How's that appeasement working out, Frogs???

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  • press tv eh? the same station that has just been banned in Britain because of its constant lies.

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  • Iran Press TV...LMFAO!

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  • Interesting conspiracy theory. It won't bring back the victims though.

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    • @ATministraitor Where their ever any "victims"? None were ever shown! The same for the actual crime scenes, the "killed" suspect, the suspect, before he was "killed". Medical personnel were spotlessly clean, without a trace of blood stains. Rather unheard of, considering they handled "murder" victims. This whole story has not added up from the beginning. Not one bit of evidence, or proof, has been presented to the public. It' very easy to conclude that thi More..

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  • French intelligence has every interest to leak stories about Merah being an informant. Every time a French homegrown Jihadi goes to Pakistan or Iraq they want him to be suspect. They want the terrorist leaders over there to be totally paranoid of Western Muslims as double agents. Hopefully a few of these Western Jihadis will end up getting killed by their own side.

    During the Algerian War the French used to leave fake documents on the bodies of dead Algerian fighters making it seem like they More..

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  • Double agent gone bad. Shitty deal

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  • If he was an informant, he would have reported to the DGSE so the whole story is bullshit.

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