Australia's former foreign minister Alexander Downer on Tuesday cast doubt over reports that the reason behind 'Prisoner X's' incarceration in Israeli prison was leaking Mossad information to the Australian spy agency.
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"I suspect that's not the reason he [Ben Zygier] ended up in jail," the Australian Associated Press quoted Downer as telling ABC radio. "I suspect it was something more serious than just sharing information with ASIO [Australian Security Intelligence Organization]."
The Australian Broadcasting Corp.'s "Foreign Correspondent" reported Monday that Zygier met with the ASIO, and provided details about Israel's Mossad secret service operations, including a top-secret mission in Italy that had taken years to plan.
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