Al-Julani Collects, Sells Data to Foreign Intelligence
Activists in Idlib revealed that "Hayat Tahrir al-Sham” organization has recently forced all foreign fighters in its areas of control in Idlib to register their full names and areas of presence attached to their photos under the guise of security concerns.
Scandals have lately surrounded the head of “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham”, Abu Muhammad Al-Julani," following revelations of his organization's policies and techniques of torture and execution in prisons.
He disputed these charges in the first place, in addition to a significant scandal involving selling intelligence to the West about foreign fighters operating in his regions of influence so that coalition planes might strike them.
In his first interview with an American journalist, Al-Julani told FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith that “his group, “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham”, posed no threat to the United States, and the government should remove him from its list of designated terrorists”.
Former US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey stated that Al-Julani was continually seeking to improve his organization's image in the eyes of the West, saying that "there are indirect routes with Al-Julani through non-governmental groups or media experts."
Jeffrey's statements caused a wave of anger among al-Julani's supporters, who saw it as a betrayal of their beliefs. At the same time, Al-Julani's opponents used the statements of former US representative to condemn Al-Julani’s cooperation with the West to target all those who oppose him by giving information to US intelligence.
Al- Julani's supporters were incensed by Jeffrey's words, which they perceived as a betrayal of their principles and the goals of their activities. Simultaneously, Julani's critics utilized statements made by a former US representative to accuse Al-Julani for cooperating with the West and targeting all those who oppose him by providing information to US intelligence.
On Al-Julani 's scandal of selling information, activists revealed that "Hayat Tahrir al-Sham” organization forced all foreign fighters in its areas of control in Idlib to register their full names and areas of presence attached to their personal photos under the guise of security concerns a few weeks ago.
Anti-Al-Julani sentiment is growing in his spheres of control, with people vowing to stand up to him and prevent him from sharing foreign intelligence material that puts foreigners' lives in danger. Others are urging factions to oppose him before he earns the trust of those countries, which might lead to the dissolution of the remaining factions at the expense of his singularity.