The Wall Street Journal (yes, it’s true) published an illuminating article detailing a U.S. investigation into the financing for the Mossad hit on Mahmoud al-Mabouh in Dubai several months ago. It notes that several U.S. online sites which match technical jobs and freelancers and arrange for payments for such work, were exploited in order to finance the operation.
What I found fascinating about this report and the WSJ’s coverage is that the reporter noted that it usually is the U.S. screaming bloody murder about Arab nations that facilitate terror by allowing their financial institutions to transfer funds to and from terrorists. But now, the roles are reversed. It is Dubai telling the U.S. that the Mossad has exploited our companies to finance what is essentially a terror assassination. Thankfully, someone in the Justice Department understands that it might not look to good if our devotion to Israel allows us to look away as they make patsies of us and turn us into terror facilitators in the same way that Arab institutions facilitated the funding of Al Qaeda before 9/11:
Washington has for years sent officials to the U.A.E. to ask authorities there to investigate and shut down suspected terror-financing networks in the country. The Dubai investigation is the highest-profile case in which the roles appear reversed: The U.A.E. is now seeking help from Washington in following an alleged criminal money trail that leads back to the U.S.
The U.S. is now trying to identify who the alleged employers were who paid into the freelance accounts. This might enable them to trace things back (or at least closer to) the Mossad. Though of course, it would likely be smart enough to attempt to cover its tracks well and conceal any direct connection.
For example, the WSJ notes that U.S. investigators have identified individuals who withdrew money from these accounts. But when the reporter provided the names to the company they didn’t have them listed as clients. Very crafty devils indeed.
The article also notes that U.S. counter-terror investigators have been worried that the precise type of prepaid credit card which the Mossad exploited, could be used in money laundering and other criminal activity. So the Mossad, not to be outdone by real criminals, beat us to it and used them first. Which makes them criminals, doesn’t it??