LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper said Iraqi intelligence agents infiltrated al-Jazeera, the Arab world’s most widely watched television station, in an attempt to win favorable coverage.
Al-Jazeera spokesman Jihad Ballout told Reuters the network was unaware of “any member of al-Jazeera who is working for any foreign intelligence” organization.
The Sunday Times said documents uncovered by opponents of Saddam Hussein after he was ousted by a U.S.-led invasion force last month showed Iraq’s intelligence service had three agents working inside Qatar’s al-Jazeera television network.
According to the documents, one alleged agent passed on two letters written by Osama bin Laden, blamed for the 2001 attacks on the United States, to his Iraqi handlers. Two cameramen were also said to be Iraqi agents.