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Prisoner X 'arrested after leaking Mossad operations' to Aussie spies

Published on Feb 18, 2013 8:15 PM
 
Australian newspapers lead their front pages in Australia, on Feb 14, 2013, with the story of Ben Zygier as Israel confirms it jailed a foreigner in solitary confinement on security grounds who later committed suicide, with Australia admitting it knew one of its citizens had been detained. A suspected Mossad agent known as Prisoner X was arrested by his own spymasters after leaking detailed information about his work to Australian intelligence services, according to sources cited by Australian broadcaster ABC Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - A suspected Mossad agent known as Prisoner X was arrested by his own spymasters after leaking detailed information about his work to Australian intelligence services, according to sources cited by Australian broadcaster ABC Monday.

Ben Zygier, an Australian-Israeli, gave Australian intelligence officials a comprehensive account of a number of Mossad operations, the sources told ABC.

Israel's Parliament said it would launch an "intensive" inquiry into Zygier's arrest and death after the ABC's Foreign Correspondent programme last week exposed his identity.

According to the ABC, Zygier was found hanged in his cell in Ayalon prison near Tel Aviv in December 2010, in a case Israel went to extreme lengths to cover up. It imposed a total media blackout on the case but was forced to ease the restrictions after the story made headlines across the world, rendering the local gag order ineffective.

 
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