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The assassination of a Moroccan revolutionary left politician by the triumvirate of CIA-MOSSAD-French intel to "protect" colonial interest

Reads like an espionage thriller and murder mystery. It smells like the work of CIA-MOSSAD in disposing anyone who "stands" in their plan to control geopolitical interests in collaboration with French intelligence and Moroccan monarchy of King Hassan II.

According to Wikileaks' catalog of "Most Wanted Leaks of 2009," it stated that "in 1976, thanks to the Freedom of information Act, the US Government recognized that the CIA had about 1800 classified documents about his assassination. These documents are still classified."

TIME Magazine
The Murder of Mehdi Ben Barkha

Monday, December 29, 1975 issue

On the gray afternoon of Oct. 29, 1965, Mehdi Ben Barka—a self-exiled left-wing Moroccan politician and a well-known critic of King Hassan II —was stopped outside the Brasserie Lipp on Paris's Boulevard St. Germain by two French agents. "You have a rendezvous with some politicians," said one of them. Ben Barka, 45, who was accustomed to being tailed by the police, climbed into the back of an unmarked Peugeot 403. The car drove off. Ben Barka has not been seen in public since. [...]

Although Ben Barka was kidnaped by French intelligence agents, TIME has also learned that he was in the pay of the French. He received monthly stipends from a French scientific research center—in fact, a cover for intelligence activities in North Africa.

Also involved in the case was Israel's CIA equivalent, known as Mossad. Although Morocco later supported Arab confrontation states in the Middle East wars, it had excellent relations with Israel after it became independent in 1956. For example, Morocco arranged, through the French, to have Mossad train its own fledgling secret service. Mossad's chief Moroccan contact was Oufkir. At one point after the Moroccans had decided to get rid of Ben Barka, Oufkir asked Mossad to obtain some poison for him. The agency declined, but later agreed to help tail Ben Barka, who was then living in Geneva. [...]

Thirteen people were eventually charged with crimes related to the Ben Barka case, but few actually stood trial. Oufkir and an intelligence agent code named "Chtouki" (real name: Mohammed Miloued) refused to return to France. They were convicted in absentia of illegal arrest and confinement and given life sentences. Dlimi did stand trial and was acquitted. Two of the French undercover agents got prison terms for "illegally detaining" him. Other people involved in the murder try to live in the shadows. Since Ben Barka's death, at least 37 people connected with the case have disappeared; some are known to have died violently. Oufkir reportedly committed suicide after the failure of an assassination plot against King Hassan in 1972. Two French operatives were murdered; a third, according to official reports, committed suicide as police moved in to pick him up for questioning. Villa Owner Boucheseiche, meanwhile, disappeared shortly after the murder and has never been seen again. "Too many people knew too much," one French participant told TIME. "The Moroccans and the SDECE ["Service de Documentation Extérieure et de Contre-Espionnage," France's equivalent of CIA] have a long memory."

A 75-minute TV documentary on the abduction/murder mystery on Google Video. In French only :-(


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