A Mossad spy who had died in an Israeli jail in the year of 2010 was arrested by his spymasters after they believed he might have told Australian intelligence about his work with the Israeli intelligence agency.
Australian media reported on Monday that the spy who held both the Australian and the Israeli nationalities had met officers from Australia’s domestic spy agency ASIO and had given details of a number of Mossad operations.
Quoting undefined sources, The Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC), which broke the initial story about Ben Zygier’s, 34, secret arrest and death in prison, said on one of his four trips to Australia he had also applied for a work visa to Italy.
But Mossad became concerned when it
discovered Zygier had contact with the Australian spy agency, the ABC reported, adding it was worried he might pass on information about a major operation planned for Italy.
It said Zygier was one of three Australians who changed their names several times and took out new Australian passports for travel in the Middle East and Europe for their work with Mossad.
It is believed that Zygier was involved in the assassination of Hamas official in Dubai Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.
The closely guarded case has raised questions in Australia and the Zionist entity about the suspected use by Mossad of dual Australian-Israeli nationals.
Earlier on Sunday, Israeli politicians announced plans to investigate Zygier’s death, which a judge has ruled was suicide. Australia’s Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, has initiated an inquiry into his department’s handling of the case.
Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought on Sunday to reduce media attention on the case and said he “absolutely trusts” Israel’s security services and what he described as the “independent legal monitoring system under which they operated.”