Australia was informed of the arrest of an Australian-Israeli citizen in 2010 through intelligence channels, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr confirmed on Thursday.
Speaking during a senate meeting, Carr said that the intelligence sources provided Canberra with the name of the prisoner who they said was being held in relation to serious offenses under national security legislation.
Following an explosive Australian ABC news report Tuesday that a dual Australian- Israeli citizen and Mossad agent committed suicide in an Israeli prison in 2010, details surrounding the story have slowly unraveled.
The Australian report identified the man as 34-year-old Ben Zygier from Melbourne. Israel confirmed on Wednesday that a dual national did indeed take his own life while in custody.