Spy from 1980s was double agent for plo
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Norwegian media expose alleged Mossad spy from 1980s
By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondent
Norwegian media have uncovered what they are calling a "Mossad agent" who is reported to have worked for Israel during the Lebanon war in the 1980s and to have passed on information about central activities in the PLO. The alleged agent, however, said she was a double agent and that her heart was always with the Palestinians.
The alleged agent, Karin Linsted, is married to Trond Linsted, a doctor who was one of the central members of the Palestinian solidarity organization in Norway. According to the media reports, the Linsteds visited Lebanon in the 1980s and helped Palestinians during the Lebanon war.
The information on Linsted was revealed as part of publicity for a new book about Norwegian relations with the Middle East by Norwegian television correspondent Carstan Twait.
Karin Linsted said she had served as a double agent and accused the Mossad of leaking the information about her before the book's publication in order to hurt her.
The widely read Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten maintains that Linsted volunteered for service in the Mossad. As part of her duties, according to the newspaper, she managed a store in Oslo called Al-Quds, the Arabic name for Jerusalem. In the store, which still exists, she sold Palestinian products.
Trond Linsted has converted to Islam and taken the name Ali Lashmo.