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Israel secretly imprisoned an Australian man who worked for its Mossad spy agency because it believed he had divulged details of his work, an Australian news programme has reported, quopted by BBC.
ABC News said Ben Zygier was suspected by Israel of informing Australia’s security agency of Mossad operations.
Last week, ABC identified Mr Zygier as Israel’s so-called Prisoner X, whose existence Israel never acknowledged. He was reported to have hanged himself, months after his case surfaced in 2010.
The report on ABC’s Foreign Correspondent programme, which named Mr Zygier, has been the subject of intense media debate in Israel, after Israel issued a gagging order preventing publication of details of the story.
Restrictions were later eased and some Israeli members of parliament have called for an end to the practise of media censorship in the country.
According to the latest Foreign Correspondent report, Mr Zygier met Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (Asio) agents and told them about secret operations he was involved in.
The programme said one of the operations was a top-secret mission in Italy, for where Mr Zygier had applied for a work visa.
Foreign Correspondent said Mr Zygier changed his name several times and obtained numerous passports, which he used for Mossad work in Europe and the Middle East.
It said he set up a communications company in Europe for Mossad, which exported electronic components to Arab countries and Iran.