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Reputed Australian Mossad agent jailed after botched spy plan - papers

CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian emigrant and reputed Israeli spy who died in a jail in Israel in 2010 had been arrested after a bungled and unauthorised bid to recruit a double agent with links to Lebanon's Hezbollah, Australian newspapers reported on Monday. The man, Ben Zygier, was arrested in early 2010 and was held in secret under the name of Prisoner X on unspecified security charges. A judicial inquiry in Israel found Zygier, 34, hanged himself in a high-security jail cell.

'Mossad spy' spilled secrets to Hezbollah: report

A man identified by media as an Australian-Israeli Mossad agent and found hanged in a Tel Aviv jail had passed secrets to Hezbollah before his death, an influential German magazine reported Sunday. News weekly Der Spiegel said Ben Zygier, a man known as "Prisoner X" who died in 2010 in an allegedly suicide-proof cell, had handed tips to the Lebanese militant group that led to the arrest of at least two people spying for Israel.

UPDATE 1-Australia says no sign of passport misuse by reputed Mossad spy

* Australia says no evidence of passport misuse by reputed Mossad spy * Joint citizen not linked to Hamas assassination * Australia warns Israel not to misuse passports (Adds former PM Rudd, Israeli comments) SYDNEY, March 6 (Reuters) - Australia had no evidence that an emigrant to Israel who died in an Israeli jail in 2010, had been involved in the assassination of a Hamas arms procurer in Dubai, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said on Wednesday.

Australia says no sign of passport misuse by suspected Mossad spy

SYDNEY, March 6 (Reuters) - Australia had no evidence that a dual Australian-Israeli citizen and suspected Mossad spy, who died in jail in Israel in 2010, had been involved in the assassination of a Hamas arms procurer in Dubai, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said on Wednesday. Carr also said Australia had found no evidence of the misuse of any of the Australian passports taken out by the man, Ben Zygier, who had changed his name several times and obtained new Australian passports each time.

Australia confirms 'Prisoner X' worked for Israel

Australia on Wednesday admitted for the first time that a man found hanged in a Tel Aviv jail worked for the Israeli government, but stopped short of confirming he was a Mossad spy. Dual Australian-Israeli citizen Ben Zygier, known as "Prisoner X", died in 2010 in an allegedly suicide-proof cell with Israel going to extreme lengths to cover it up, sparking claims by Australian media that he worked for Mossad. In releasing a report into his department's handling of Zygier's imprisonment, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said it was a complicated case.

Australia confirms 'Prisoner X' worked for Israel

Australia on Wednesday admitted for the first time that a man found hanged in a Tel Aviv jail worked for the Israeli government, but stopped short of confirming he was a Mossad spy. Dual Australian-Israeli citizen Ben Zygier, known as "Prisoner X", died in 2010 in an allegedly suicide-proof cell with Israel going to extreme lengths to cover it up, sparking claims by Australian media that he worked for Mossad. In releasing a report into his department's handling of Zygier's imprisonment, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said it was a complicated case.

Israel denies Zygier contacts with Australia agencies

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office denied Tuesday that Ben Zygier, identified in the media as an Australian-Israeli Mossad agent who hanged himself in Israeli detention, had any contact with Australia's security services. "Following recent publications, the prime minister's office stresses that (the late) Mr. Zygier had no contact with the Australian security services and organisations," the office said a statement, in the first mention of Zygier's name by Israel.

UPDATE 1-Israel denies mystery 2010 detainee spied for Australia

* Australian immigrant reported to be disgraced Mossad spy * Eluded isolation cell cameras * Israelis deny wrongdoing in affair queried by Canberra (Recasts with prime minister's statement) By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Israel denied on Tuesday that an Australian immigrant who committed suicide in 2010 while jailed for security offences had spied for his native country.

Israel releases judge's report into Australian's suicide

* Australian immigrant reported to be disgraced Mossad spy * Eluded isolation cell cameras * Israelis deny wrongdoing in affair queried by Canberra By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Israel released details on Tuesday about the 2010 jailhouse suicide of an Australian immigrant reported to have been a disgraced Mossad spy, saying he hanged himself in his cell and no foul play was involved.

Spotlight on Mossad after mystery prisoner death

The mysterious arrest and suicide of an Australian-Israeli with Mossad ties in a top-secret prison cell near Tel Aviv has raised questions about how Israel's shadowy spy outfit chooses its agents. While some reports suggested the man now identified as Ben Zygier may have been a loose-lipped braggart with psychological problems, a veteran Israeli defence analyst dismissed the claims, saying it would have shown up clearly in the agency's exhaustive vetting procedures.
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