The headstone of Ben Zygier is photographed in the Chevra Kadisha Jewish Cemetery in Melbourne. (File Photo)
An Australian TV station has claimed that Israel secretly imprisoned an Australian Mossad agent, known as prisoner X, over divulging secret Mossad missions.
ABC News said Ben Zygier was arrested since Israeli regime believed that he had informed Australia's security services of Mossad operations he was involved in, including a top-secret mission in Italy.
The Australian TV also said that Mossad spy agency had long been planning for the missions Zygier disclosed to Australia's security services.
On February 12, ABC channel reported that Israel’s so-called Prisoner X, who was found hanged in his prison cell with state-of-the-art surveillance systems in 2010, was an Australian national who had worked for Mossad for ten years.
He is reported to be involved in many Mossad operations overseas, including the assassination of top Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in 2010.
It is believed that Zygier had provided the officials in Dubai with “names and pictures and accurate details” in exchange for protection.
Reports also say that he had used his Australian passport for Mossad operations and that Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) agents had questioned him in early 2010 months before his detention in Israel on suspicion of fraudulently using his passport for espionage purposes.
Media reports have speculated that Tel Aviv suspected the Melbourne-born Jew of betraying or threatening to divulge Mossad missions, strengthen the idea that he was killed by Mossad over the speculation that he had been on the verge of exposing Tel Aviv’s secrets.