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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:52 AM

Israel's 'Prisoner X' was Australian Mossad agent, documentary claims.

Like the fictional Man in the Iron Mask, Israel's infamous "Prisoner X" was allegedly held in solitary confinement in conditions of such strict secrecy that even his own jailors were told neither his name nor the crime he had allegedly committed.

The man's identity became the subject of intense speculation when he was reportedly found hanged in his cell in 2010, but the prisoner's existence has never been officially acknowledged by Israel's government which has gone to extraordinary lengths to stifle media coverage of the case.

Now, however, new evidence has been uncovered by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation strongly suggesting that Prisoner X was an Australian citizen and a Mossad agent.

In the immediate aftermath of ABC's claims, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the Israeli prime minister's office had called "an emergency meeting of the Editors Committee to ask its members to co-operate with the government and withhold publication of information pertaining to an incident that is very embarrassing to a certain government agency".

The meeting was widely believed to be linked to the Prisoner X case.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/12/israel-prisoner-x-australian-mossad-agent

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Reply Israel's 'Prisoner X' was Australian Mossad agent, documentary claims. (Original post)
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 OP
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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:34 PM

1. ... serious breach of the state's security ...

...Zygier had been living in Israel for about 10 years prior to his arrest in early 2010 and was married with two children, according to the channel, which said he had been recruited by Mossad.

It was not clear why he was arrested in "early 2010" but he was taken to Ayalon Prison in Ramle near Tel Aviv and held in the same cell used for the man who shot dead former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.

There he was held in virtual isolation until his "apparent suicide" in December that year, the channel said.

After the Ynet article was published, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel wrote to complain to Israel's attorney general saying: "It's alarming that there's a prisoner being held incommunicado and we know nothing about him."

In response, the attorney general's office wrote back saying: "The current gag order is vital for preventing a serious breach of the state's security, so we cannot elaborate about this affair."...

/... http://www.france24.com/en/20130212-israel-mps-quiz-minister-australian-prisoner-death

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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 04:46 AM

2. Israel partially lifts media gag on 'Prisoner X'

The Israeli authorities have partially lifted a gag order concerning a man known as "Prisoner X", following widespread international coverage of the case of the top-secret detainee who hanged himself in a high security prison in Israel. The prisoner was revealed to be an Australian citizen.

According to Israel Radio, domestic media outlets were permitted to quote foreign reports on Prisoner X but not publish or broadcast original material.

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The allegations were reported on international news websites, but the Israeli media was forbidden from publishing or broadcasting details. Editors were called by the Israeli prime minister's office to an emergency meeting on Tuesday afternoon, at which their co-operation with the government and the withholding of sensitive information was demanded. Gag orders and military censorship are common in Israel.

Until the partial lifting of the gag order, the media was restricted to reporting questions asked under privilege in the Israeli parliament, which elicited no information beyond a statement by the justice minister that the matter should be examined.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/13/israel-media-gag-prisoner-x

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:57 AM

3. So what is his supposed crime?

I read the article, but it doesn't clarify it, unless I missed it?

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Response to MicaelS (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:59 AM

4. That's the point.

Never been declared so nobody knows.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 12:07 PM

5. An Australian citizen working for Mossad.

The only thing I can think of is that he must have threatened to blow the whistle on something really big, so this was the reaction. Ala Mordechai Vanunu.

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