Speaking to reporters, a spokesman for the Jordanian government failed to specify which Hamas official he was talking about, but sources familiar with the investigation told Lebanese newspaper al-Mustaqbal that local security forces managed to audiotape a conversation held between Mashaal and one of the cell's members.
In this conversation, the sources said, Mashaal noted that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has been brought up to date on all the details.
Hamas denies charges
A defense official added that the Jordanian security was currently investigating whether Hamas' attempt to operate in Jordan represents a strategic shift from the movement's traditional policy, which limited operations to the Palestinian territories and Israel.
"Building a clandestine infrastructure for carrying out actions against Israel from Jordan is one thing, while targeting the Jordanian security is another issue altogether," the official stated.
Hamas, on its part, denied the charges. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that the group did not have any armed group "either in Jordan or in any other country."