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  • Report: Zygier scuttled operation to repatriate Israeli soldiers’ bodies

    May 7, 2013 | 10:49 am

    Ben Zygier, the Australian-Israeli national known as Prisoner X, unwittingly scuttled an operation to return the bodies of three Israeli soldiers missing in Lebanon, according to an Australian television report.

    A report by the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that aired Tuesday...

  • Report: ‘Prisoner X’ spy Ben Zygier tipped off Hezbollah

    March 25, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    The man known as "Prisoner X" unwittingly caused the arrest of two Hezbollah supporters who were spying for Israel, a German magazine claims.

    Ben Zygier, the Australian-Israeli who allegedly was a Mossad agent, leaked highly classified information in a botched attempt to recruit...

  • Australian FM confirms Ben Zygier worked for Israeli government

    March 6, 2013 | 8:28 am

    Ben Zygier, the Australian-Israeli dual national known previously as Prisoner X, worked for the Israeli government, Australia's foreign minister confirmed for the first time.

    But Minister of Foreign Affairs Bob Carr at a news conference Wednesday refused to say whether Zygier...

  • Report: Israel informed Australia when Zygier was arrested

    February 22, 2013 | 11:17 am

    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 Jewry praises opening of Ben Zygier’s death probe

    February 20, 2013 | 12:17 pm

    Australian Jewry’s highest body welcomed the announcements by the Australian and Israeli governments of further inquiries into the death of Ben Zygier, the Australian-Israeli national known as Prisoner X.

    The Executive Council of Australian Jewry, breaking its silence on the...

  • Australian Zionist leader blasts claims that Israel programs recruit for Mossad

    February 20, 2013 | 10:29 am

    The Zionist Federation of Australia slammed media claims that Israel programs serve as recruitment camps for the Mossad.

    In a statement Wednesday, federation President Philip Chester wrote that the claims were “totally uninformed and mischievous.”

    “Contrary to the assertions of...

  • Prisoner X affair raises charges of dual loyalty for Australian Jews

    February 20, 2013 | 10:00 am

    As more details have seeped out about the mysterious life and death of Israel’s Prisoner X -- identified last week by an Australian TV program as Ben Zygier -- the wall of silence surrounding those who knew him has begun to show some cracks.

    On Tuesday, Israel released parts of a...

  • Israel denies mystery 2010 detainee spied for Australia

    February 19, 2013 | 10:13 am

    Israel denied on Tuesday that an Australian immigrant who committed suicide in 2010 while jailed for security offenses had spied for his native country.

    The statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, which oversees Israel's intelligence services, was the first to...

  • Los Angeles had its own Israeli Ex-“Prisoner X”

    By Pini Herman

    February 19, 2013 | 9:32 am

    Ben Zygier, the Australian immigrant to Israel and purported Mossad agent who committed suicide in Ayalon Prison two years ago, is now known in the public furor in Israel about his secret imprisonment, as Prisoner X. Until another natural death in 1993, Los Angeles also had its own...

  • Israeli lawyer sheds some light on Australian spy mystery

    February 14, 2013 | 6:30 am

    An Australian immigrant, reported to have been recruited by Israel's Mossad spy agency, was charged with grave crimes before he committed suicide in an Israeli jail, one of his lawyers said on Thursday.

    The closely guarded case has raised questions in Australia and Israel about...

  • More details trickle out about Israel’s Prisoner X, aka Ben Zygier, an Australian Jew

    February 13, 2013 | 9:13 am

    More information has begun to trickle out about the mysterious man known as Prisoner X who hanged himself in Israel’s Ayalon Prison in 2010.

    The Australian Broadcasting Corp.'s “Foreign Correspondent” program made headlines worldwide when it reported this week that the prisoner,...

  • 6 Quick Comments on the Prisoner X Scandal

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 13, 2013 | 4:56 am


    As all readers should understand, there are limitations to what can be written about the story of the "Australian prisoner who reportedly committed suicide in an Israeli jail in 2010". Quoting Australian television reports, we can say (but not confirm) that the prisoner,...

  • Israeli lawmakers press for answers on dead Australian ‘Prisoner X’

    February 12, 2013 | 2:24 pm

    Knesset members pressed Israel's justice minister for answers on "Prisoner X," who was identified in an Australian TV report as an Australian-born Israeli who worked for the Mossad and died in an Israeli prison.

    The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Tuesday that the man...

  • Israel rattled by mysterious Australian prisoner, reports ABC

    February 12, 2013 | 8:11 am

    An Australian man committed suicide in a high-security Israeli jail in 2010 after being held for months in great secrecy, Australia's ABC channel said on Tuesday, throwing new light on a case that has rattled Israel.

    The unforced ABC story named the man, known previously only as...