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Ben Zygier AKA Prisoner X
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Report: Zygier exposed Mossad assets in Lebanon
Der Spiegel reveals that Israel's 'Prisoner X' suspected of disclosing names of two operatives working for the Mossad to Hezbollah supporter
New info on Prisoner X? Germany's Der Spiegel reported Sunday that ex-Mossad agent Ben Zygier, who committed suicide in his prison cell, exposed at least two Mossad informants who were working within Hezbollah's ranks in Lebanon.  

 

According to the report, Zygier worked for Israeli intelligence for five years - before being arrested for "serious crimes" which have not been revealed. An "internal inquiry", the contents of which were obtained by the Der Spiegel details the background for Zygier's arrest and subsequent suicide.

 

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According to Der Spiegel, Zygier was suspected of relaying the names of two operatives working for the Mossad - Ziad al-Homsi and Mustafa Ali Awadeh – to a Hezbollah supporter.

 

The two Lebanese citizens were arrested and sentenced to 15 years hard labor for espionage for Israel. Their capture led to a wave of arrests in Lebanon of citizens accused of spying for Israel.

 

According to the article, Zgier began working for Mossad when he was 23-years-old. He was sent to work in European companies that trade with Iran and Syria with the purpose of penetrating those countries.  

 

A year later the Mossad allowed Zygier to complete his academic studies in Australia. The inquiry claimed that before leaving for Australia the agent tried to enlist new informants – "maybe with the intention of restoring his standing." But Zygier got in trouble and exposed information that led to the arrest of the Lebanese informants.

 

 

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