Did Australia's domestic intelligence agency question Ben Zygier about his work with the Mossad?
ABC Australia reporter Trevor Bormann believes so.
A report posted on the Australian news network's website alleges that Zygier, also known as "Prisoner X,"
was questioned by the Australian Security Intelligence Organization about his connection to the Israeli intelligence agency.
It was after the ASIO interrogation that Zygier
was arrested in 2010, the report said; adding that it is believed that he "told ASIO about every aspect of his work with the Israelis."
According to the report, the network's "Foreign Correspondent" program has been able to ascertain that "Zygier met with ASIO officers in Australia
and gave comprehensive details about a number of Mossad operations, including plans for a top-secret mission in Italy
that had been years in the making."
The report stressed that it is unknown whether Zygier reached out to ASIO or vice versa.
It has been previously reported that Zygier, who also used three aliases – Alon, Allen and Burrowes – had applied for a work visa to Italy the year before his death. It remains unknown under which of his aliases the application was filed.
The ABC show that first exposed the existence of "Prisoner X" also reported that he was one of three Australian nationals who changed their names several times, allegedly to enable them to use their passports for their work with Mossad.
On Thursday, Australian media reported that several Australian-born operatives were working for a Mossad front in Europe.
The shell company
in question is believed to have exported electronic equipment to various Arab countries and to Iran.
Earlier Monday, Australian Attorney General Mark Dreyfus said that there was no need for an internal inquiry into the manner in which the ASIO
handled the Zygier affair.
On Sunday, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr
ordered an independent inquest by the Foreign Office into the death of the man who has come to be known as "Prisoner X."
The Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee's subcommittee on intelligence was ordered to launch an official inquiry
into the case, as well.
State Comptroller Joseph Shapira said he would make a decision on whether to launch a concurrent state commission of inquiry on the matter, within days.
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