BEIRUT – The United States (US) is working on building a new regional center for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Lebanon.
The development is within the US Embassy complex with an area of 93,000 square meters on a 27 hectare site in the capital, Beirut.
This news was revealed by an intelligence source on Monday (29/5/2023). “The complex, which is expected to cost $1 billion, will also include an arts centre, hospital, swimming pool, residential tower and data collection centre,” the report by the French Intelligence Online website said.
The source added that US intelligence sees Lebanon as a safe and strategic location for the deployment of intelligence agents.
Washington also intends to benefit from its excellent intelligence partnership with the Lebanese army’s B2 military intelligence unit, according to the sources.
The French site learned that US funding for the Lebanese army included guarantees that would allow the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) unrestricted access to Lebanese intelligence information.