WikiLeaks: Pakistan passed terror intel to Israel

J'lem and Islamabad don't share official diplomatic ties, but it isn't unusual for the two countries to share intelligence information on global terrorism.

December 1, 2010 21:06
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Pakistan shared intelligence information with Israel regarding possible terrorist attacks against Jewish and Israeli sites in India, according to a leaked diplomatic cable published on Wednesday as part of the ongoing Wikileaks saga.

According to the document dated October 7, 2009, Ahmad Shuja Pasha, head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency, told an American diplomat that he had conveyed intelligence on potential terror attacks in India to Israel.

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He told former US Ambassador Anne Patterson that he had traveled to Oman and Iran to investigate information he received from the US about possible pending attacks in India.

"Pasha asked Ambassador to convey to Washington that he had followed up on threat information that an attack would be launched against India between September-November. He had been in direct touch with the Israelis on possible threats against Israeli targets in India," the cable read.

A few weeks before the cable was written, the Israeli Counter-Terror Bureau had issued a travel advisory warning of possible attacks against Israeli sites in India. A year earlier, 166 people were killed in multiple attacks in Mumbai, including an attack against the local Chabad house.

Israel and Pakistan do not share official diplomatic ties, although it is not unusual for the two countries to share intelligence information on sensitive issues such as global terrorism.

Israeli officials, such as Mossad chief Meir Dagan, were quoted in other documents published by Wikileaks expressing grave concern about the stability of the Pakistani government and the security surrounding Islamabad’s nuclear arsenal.

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