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Report: Israel informed Australia when Zygier was arrested

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Posted on Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

The Australian Broadcasting Corp,'s investigation alleged that Ben Zygier, seen here in his Israeli army uniform, was a Mossad agent but offered no proof. (Photo supplied)

The Australian Broadcasting Corp,'s investigation alleged that Ben Zygier, seen here in his Israeli army uniform, was a Mossad agent but offered no proof. (Photo supplied)

Israeli intelligence services notified Australian officials of Ben Zygier’s arrest immediately after he was detained, an Australian news agency reported. 

Australia’s Fairfax Media quoted a “well-placed source familiar with the case” as saying Israeli intelligence had told Australian officials about the 2010 arrest of Zygier, a dual Australian-Israeli citizen dubbed Prisoner X who committed suicide later that year while in prison in Israel. Zygier is alleged to have worked with the Mossad.

Fairfax Media's former Middle East correspondent, Jason Koutsoukis, said he had been tipped off by an ''Australian intelligence source'' in October 2009 about concerns that Zygier may have been facilitating the use of Australian passports by Israeli spies. He then interviewed Zygier, who denied the allegation. A week after their last conversation, Zygier was imprisoned.

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