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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:16 PM

 

It’s still unclear why Israel’s Mossad jailed Prisoner X, Ben Zygier

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Source: McClatchy Newspapers

The most commonly repeated story about why Israel’s Mossad spy agency nabbed one of its own and threw him into prison, where he hanged himself, is probably false or at least only part of the truth, according to people familiar with the way the Mossad operates. In the murky world of espionage, even what comes out in the news is subterfuge, they caution.

Right now, the facts about Ben Zygier, aka "Prisoner X," are few: He grew up in a prominent Jewish family in Australia, moved to Israel, served in the Israeli army, married and was found dead at 8:19 p.m. Dec. 15, 2010, in his cell at Israel’s Ayalon prison. For more than two years, Israeli journalists were prohibited from reporting on his death. That ban was lifted earlier this month after the Australian Broadcasting Corp. aired an investigation into his death.

The Israeli government, while acknowledging that Zygier is Prisoner X, has said nothing about why he was arrested. At the moment, the most widely accepted story is that he’d turned double agent after his native country, Australia, confronted him about changing his name and getting a new passport three times in three years to travel to countries that included Syria, Lebanon and Iran. The story goes that Israel found out Zygier was reporting on his duties in the Mossad to the Australian government, and locked him up.

But those closest to the Mossad say that while it’s possible Zygier gave information to Australian spy agencies, there’s no way that sharing information with a "friendly nation" such as Australia would lead Israeli officials to respond in the manner they did.



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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:18 PM

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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:38 PM

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