The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

'The Source' found dead

Ashraf Marwan, maybe the most colorful person of London's Arab community, has died under unclear circumstances. Some believe him to be 'The Source' which tipped off Mossad prior to the 1973 war - others say he acted as a double agent misleading the Israelis.

From The Times:

Mr Marwan’s death will send shockwaves across the Middle East and among some of Britain’s wealthiest people. His associates included Adnan Khashoggi, the arms dealer, Ken Bates, the football club chairman, the Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and the late Tiny Rowland.

If found to be murder, his death will carry echoes of last year’s assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB agent.

In any case, he was close to Nasser and Sadat and must have made his fortune thanks to the connections he developed during that time, in particular when he overlooked the businesses of the Egyptian military in the 1970.