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Report: Israel informed Australia of Zygier arrest

February 23, 2013 03:04

Australian media outlet quotes source familiar with case as saying that Israel told Australian officials about the 2010 arrest.

ABC mock up of Ben Zygier passport.

Ben Zygier passport 370. (photo credit:ABC News)

Israel notified Australian officials of Ben Zygier’s arrest immediately after he was detained, an Australian news agency reported. 

Australia’s Fairfax Media quoted a “well-placed source familiar with the case” as saying Israeli intelligence had told Australian officials about the 2010 arrest of Zygier, a dual Australian-Israeli citizen dubbed Prisoner X. Zygier committed suicide later that year while in prison in Israel and is alleged to have worked with the Mossad.

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Fairfax Media's former Middle East correspondent, Jason Koutsoukis, said he had been tipped off by an ''Australian intelligence source'' in October 2009 about concerns that Zygier may have been facilitating the use of Australian passports by Israeli spies. He then interviewed Zygier, who denied the allegation. A week after their last conversation, Zygier was imprisoned. 

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