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  12/26/2012, Tevet 13, 5773

Report: Defected Syrian Helping U.S. Intelligence


The Syrian government's former spokesman, Jihad Makdissi, is co-operating with U.S. intelligence officials who helped him flee to Washington almost one month ago, the British Guardian reports.

Makdissi became one of the most prominent regime defectors in late November when he left Beirut after first crossing from Syria. The Guardian reported at the time that he had fled for the U.S., possibly in return for asylum. This has now been confirmed.