Australian former FM questions nature of Prisoner X's crime

February 19, 2013 09:40


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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.

"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.

JTA contributed to this report

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