According to Reuters
"Authorities made no effort to deny reports the
man was 34-year-old Ben Zygier, a Melbourne Jew who moved to Israel,
became a citizen, joined its military and Mossad, only to be arrested in
early 2010 on suspicion of betraying secrets after Canberra began
investigating trips he took to Middle East trouble-spots.
But Israeli officials insist that Jews abroad are
never used by Mossad against the interests of their countries - a
lesson from the enlistment in the 1980s of U.S. Navy analyst Jonathan
Pollard, whose discovery provoked lasting outrage in Washington.
THREAT TO A LOT OF PEOPLE
Reed, a retired officer with Australia's overseas intelligence service
ASIS, said the Zygier affair could endanger compatriots who might now be
mistaken for Mossad spies while travelling in areas hostile to
"This poses a threat to a lot of people, especially journalists who move around frequently," Reed told Reuters.
all intelligence agencies work with assumed or filched identities, Reed
argued, Mossad creates a bigger probability of reprisals by "by being
more severe in its actions, given Israel's security predicament".
actions are reputed to include assassinations, such as of a Palestinian
weapons procurer in Dubai in 2010, in which the suspected Israeli
hit-team used forged Australian and European passports.
Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida quoted unidentified Western sources on
Thursday as saying Zygier took part in the Dubai operation and offered
information on the killing of Mahmoud al-Mahbouh in return for the
twist, Australia's Fairfax Media said Australian security officials
suspected Zygier may have been about to disclose Israeli intelligence
operations, including the use of fraudulent Australian passports, either
to the Canberra government or to the media before his arrest.
has not confirmed publicly that Zygier was a Mossad operative. But
Avigdor Feldman, a criminal attorney who met Zygier in his isolated jail
cell a day or two before his death, appeared to let slip that he was
indeed a spy.
"The Mossad liaison I
was in touch with informed me that, unfortunately, my client was no
longer alive," Feldman told Israel's Kol Barama radio station.
While Zygier's family declined all public comment
on his case, friends of the dead man recalled his Zionist upbringing
and pride in Israel, where he was married and had children."
So what do you think the Australian Government will do? Met our Attorney General?
The Honourable (?) Mark Dreyfus QC MP was sworn in as the Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management on 4 February 2013
You guessed it he is Jewish, but so was his predecessor, Good old Julia Shillard replaced one servant for Israel with another. How convenient.