May 10, 2009, - 8:16 pm

VIDEO: The Story of Ashraf Marwan, Egyptian Spy for Israel (w/ “60 Minutes”-Arab World Spin)

By Debbie Schlussel
A couple of years ago, the story of billionaire playboy Ashraf Marwan–long known in Israeli intelligence circles as an important double agent who betrayed Egypt and helped Israel–came to light to the world at large. Marwan “fell”–was thrown over a balcony–from his London apartment and his memoirs were stolen. Marwan was the son-in-law of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. And just a month before his untimely death, Marwan’s name was leaked by an off-kilter former Israeli Mossad agent bent on revenge.


Then-Egyptian Prez Nasser w/New Son-In-Law/Israeli Spy Marwan

(w/Nasser Daughter/Marwan Bride, Mona Nasser)

Tonight, “60 Minutes” did a somewhat fair report on Marwan–compared to their usual biased anti-Israel reporting. But, of course, they had to give the embarrassed Egyptian side of things. Everyone who’s known the story of Marwan knows he was spying for Israel and against Egypt–and not the other way around as the Egyptians, whom he played like violins, claim. But they must claim that to save face. After all, his betrayal of the Egyptian Arab Muslims was a huge scandal and an even greater embarrassment, which they can never live down. The guy who was doing Nasser’s daughter was doing her and Egypt on behalf of Israel–enough to make Arab Muslims all over the world red-hot with anger. So they lie about it and pretend it isn’t so. But it is. That’s why they murdered the guy and stole his memoirs, so their embarrassment could never turn into an international best seller and hit movie.
Even if Marwan had been a double agent working on Egypt’s behalf, he didn’t achieve their goal, which was total recapture of the Sinai. It took a non-war, non-spy situation and Jimmy Carter’s forcing of Menachem Begin to win that territory back for a soundly defeated Egypt. And “60 Minutes”–in its typical, revisionist pan-Arabist spin–claims the “Yom Kippur War” was a virtual tie, a wash, a “standstill.” Oh, really? History says otherwise. It was a rout of Egypt and the aiding and abetting Arab nations–a complete Israeli victory.

Not sure if the Howard Bloom in this report is the author who wrote the excellent, “The Lucifer Principle.” I don’t think it’s the same guy. But, regardless, I recommend that book highly. That Bloom was ahead of his time in recognizing the Islamic threat to America, years ago.
Another thing: “60 Minutes” reporter Steve Kroft compares Marwan’s exploits to a John Le Carre novel. But as I’ve noted, John Le Carre hated Israel and used anti-Israel plots in his books. Plus, he was gonna be a commie spy and carefully considered it.
BTW, my fave Israeli spy remains Eli Cohen (also spelled, Elie Cohn), who rose to the point where he was about to become Syria’s Defense Minister–he was that good a spy for Israel. A great portrayal of his story is the movie, “The Impossible Spy.” Buy it. (His story is also excellently chronicled in the book, “Our Man in Damascus,” by Eli Ben-Hanan.)

8 Responses

Pity Eli Cohen decided to use his radio transmitter during Syria’s deliberate blackout to find the spy.
If he didn’t use the batteries in his radio transmitter, they Syrians might have given up the search for Eli and made him defense minister 🙁

Underzog on May 10, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Debbie, I think the Arab Muslims got the last laugh. Barack Obama is President of the United States.

Gary Welsh on May 10, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Shalom Aleichem:
When I was in Israel, our tour guide told us about their great hero, Eli Cohen, whom I’d never heard of.
So, I immediately bought the book and read it.
I don’t have it anymore, for over the years, as I’ve moved around, it was among the many items I’ve lost track of.
John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

writesong on May 10, 2009 at 11:38 pm

If Ashraf was working for the Egyptians, the Israelis would have found out after the third meeting with him.
When it comes to any spy working for Israel, the intelligence departments are very sophisticated in securing their source, analyzing the information provided and making sure it coincides with other means, tools and data.
Ashraf was a very high profile spy for Israel and they made sure to do the impossible to keep him safe and used different ways to protect and not to uncover him.
As for Eli Cohen which was and still the best of the best, the Russian embassy in Damascus played the biggest role in uncovering him by tracking down his radio transmission.
Yet both of them contributed to Israel in their own ways and sacrificed their lives for the safety of the State of Israel and that tremendously matters.
For sure they will go down in history as heroes, but of course not in the eyes of Muslims and the Arabic followers of Jamal Abdel Al-Nasser.

Daniel on May 11, 2009 at 12:04 am

Howard Bloom wrote the “The Lucifer Principle”.
Howard Blum is responsible for the piece on Marwan.

kaps on May 11, 2009 at 9:53 am

to Daniel,
so way he gave Israelis the wrong date of the war, he said the will be at 6 pm , while the Egyptians start the attack at 2 pm , that’s the trick man ! , he played the part so will he gave the Israelis a lot of true info to gain their trust , so when they totally bought it , and would never doubt him ” and he knew that they totally believe him ” he gave him that little piece of info which was wrong. he has worked with the Israelis to give them just that wrong date.

Shadi on August 30, 2009 at 2:58 am

excuse my English !! 😀

Shadi on August 30, 2009 at 3:01 am

I love your spite ya Author. Beautiful piece. Well said. Ashraf Marwan was one of the Master Minds of Israel taking over the region. It took something more than spying to achieve the Ultimate Israeli Goal. Thank God for Israel. Thank God for people like Ashraf Marwan who wake up one day and choose the right side, not just because they will win but because it’s the right side to choose under the eyes of the future, liberty, life, and God. Thank You for this article. And thank you for your perspective on this joke “60 minute” blah blah tv show that is more outdated than black and white television. I typically watch 60 minutes of that show in the entire year. It’s B.S. short for Biased Shit.”60 minutes” should be shut down soon, they are not ready to cover the next big war.

MARWAN on January 31, 2014 at 11:33 pm

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