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Feb 19, 2013

Madison Ruppert
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According to a report from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), suspected Mossad agent Ben Zygier – also known as “Prisoner X” – was arrested by his Mossad handlers after they believed he leaked information on Mossad operations to the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO).

Recently, it was reported that the Israeli government silenced media over the apparent suicide of Zygier in Israeli custody while yesterday it was also reported that Australia is seeking information from Israel on his death.

Some of the leaked information included plans for a major classified mission in Italy that “had been years in the making,” according to the ABC.

The ABC notes that it is unclear who initiated the contact, but unnamed sources stated that on one of the four trips back to Australia before he died in 2010 he applied for a work visa to Italy.

The ABC’s Foreign Correspondent program reported just last week that Zygier, who also went by Alon, Allen and Burrowes, was secretly jailed in Israel’s Ayalon prison in Ramle where after 10 months “it is claimed he committed suicide.”

The wording of the ABC’s report seems to cast doubt on the suicide claim, although little is known since, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed “the threats his country faces justify the extraordinary measures and the secrecy shrouding the case,” according to the New York Times.

However, a recent article from the ABC points out that Zygier “allegedly killed himself in a top secret, supposedly suicide-proof Israeli prison cell,” a claim which is indeed a bit suspicious.

Indeed, Israel’s service went above and beyond to conceal Zygier’s incarceration, even preventing reporting on the issue for some two years.

According to the ABC, “Zygier was one of three Australian Jews who changed their names several times, taking out new passports for travel in the Middle East and Europe in their work for Mossad.”

Zygier’s activities were numerous, according to the report, including the establishment of a communications company in Europe for Mossad, employing two other Australian dual citizens, which exported electronic components to Arab countries and Iran.

Zygier frequently returned to Australia with his wife and children and at once point came into contact with ASIO, which according to the ABC, led Mossad to be concerned.

“Mossad was worried he might pass on operational methods and secrets of the organization, including information about the major Mossad operation planned for Italy,” according to the ABC.

The involvement of ASIO in this thoroughly mysterious story is quite interesting since Israeli intelligence and Australian intelligence have been far from friendly since 2010.

After Australia expelled an Israeli diplomat in 2010 when an investigation concluded that “Australian passports were used in a suspected Mossad operation to assassinate Palestinian arms trader Mahmoud Mabhouh,” according to the ABC, the relationship went quickly downhill.

Yesterday Netanyahu made his first public remarks on the coverage of the incident, most of which called for the press to ease off the issue.

“In this combination of maintaining security and abiding by the law, freedom of speech is also maintained, but overexposure of security and intelligence activity can damage, sometimes even seriously damage, national security,” Netanyahu said, according to the Washington Post.

“We are not like other countries,” Netanyahu continued. “We are more threatened, more challenged, and therefore we must maintain proper activity of our security agencies, so I ask everyone — let the security forces carry on their work quietly so we can continue living in security and tranquility in the state of Israel.”

A top secret Israeli investigation into Zygier’s death ended just two months ago concluding that it was indeed a suicide while Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr is going to release his own inquiry into Zygier’s death.

According to the ABC, Carr’s report is “expected to outline to some extent ‘which agencies knew what’ of the arrest and death of Zygier, and how the Department of Foreign Affairs managed the case.”

Meanwhile, Australian Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said that he does not see the need to conduct an inquiry into his department or Australian intelligence agencies over Zygier’s death, according to the Australian.

It is currently unclear when Carr’s inquiry will be completed although according to the BBC Carr “demanded that Israel provide information on Prisoner X for the report, which will look at all communications between Australia and Israel.”

“We want to give them an opportunity to submit to us an explanation of how this tragic death came about,” Carr said.

It remains to be seen if and how Israel will comply with the inquiry.

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Israel reveals more on Zygier case

Lexi Metherell reported this story on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 08:18:00

ABC Net Australia

TONY EASTLEY: To the case of the late suspected Mossad agent Ben Zygier, and there’s been significant revelations from Israeli Government in response to growing pressure over the controversy.

The Israeli has contradicted reports that Mr Zygier was in contact with Australian security agencies.

And it’s also released more details about the circumstances of his death, suggesting negligence in the top level of the Israel Prison Service.

Lexi Metherell reports.

LEXI METHERELL: Israel’s security agencies have been determined to prevent the release of information about Ben Zygier, the dual Australian-Israeli citizen who died after at least 10 months in a high-security jail cell in a prison near Tel Aviv.

But the Israeli government has been under enormous pressure over the case and now the Prime Minister’s Office has buckled.

Overnight it released a statement which says:

EXTRACT FROM STATEMENT: “The Prime Minister’s Office would like to note that between the government of Israel and all its agencies, and the Government of Australia and the Australian security agencies, there is excellent cooperation, full coordination and complete transparency in dealing with current issues.”

LEXI METHERELL: It then goes on to say:

EXTRACT FROM STATEMENT: “Pursuant to the many reports, the Prime Minister’s Office would like to stress that the late Mr Zygier had no contact with the Australian security agencies.”

LEXI METHERELL: That would seem to contradict the ABC’s report that Mr Zygier’s arrest came after he met with ASIO officers in Australia and revealed details of high level Mossad operations.

In that report the ABC journalist Trevor Bormann said it was not clear who initiated the contact – ASIO or Mr Zygier.

And as questions swirl over the official account of Mr Zygier’s death, the gag order on the cause of death report has been lifted. That report by an Israeli judge says Mr Zygier ended his own life and it provides details of how. It says the evidence negated the involvement of another person in causing his death.

But the cell Mr Zygier died in was high security and was supposed to be monitored 24 hours a day.

The cause of death report suggests there may have been failures on behalf of the Israel Prison Service and the report was passed on to prosecutors for further investigation over whether prison authorities were negligent.

It’s understood that report was completed in mid December. AM has not been able to confirm whether prosecutors are indeed investigating.

AM can reveal though that the foreign affairs minister at the time of Mr Zygier’s death, Kevin Rudd, has requested a full briefing on the Department of Foreign Affairs’ internal review of the case.

Mr Rudd had held a press conference with the then Israeli foreign affairs minister Avigdor Lieberman in Israel the day before Mr Zygier was found dead.

TONY EASTLEY: AM’s Lexi Metherell reporting there.

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Israeli court: ‘Prisoner X’ died by hanging in the shower

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 10:17 EST

The headstone of Ben Zygier in the Chevra Kadisha Jewish Cemetery in Melbourne on February 14, 2013. (AFP)

An anonymous detainee found dead in his prison cell in December 2010, identified by Australian media as Mossad agent Ben Zygier, died by hanging in his cell’s bathroom, an Israeli court revealed on Tuesday.

“The deceased was found hanging in the shower of his detention cell, with a sheet around his neck tied to the window of the bathroom,” read the protocol of the Rishon LeZion magistrate’s court hearing on a request to loosen a gag order on the case.

 

Mossad killed agent involved in assassination of Palestinians?

Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:17PM GMT
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.

Magistrate alleges prison negligence in Zygier suicide

DEBKAfile February 19, 2013, 8:30 PM (GMT+02:00)Israel Prime Minister’s Office: Ben Zygier-Alon was not connected with Australian intelligence.The gag order was partly lifted Tuesday on the initial findings of a court investigation into the suicide of alleged Mossad agent Ben Zygier-Alon in an Israeli prison two years ago. Magistrate Dafna Blatman-Kardai, who headed a probe, found evidence of negligence on the part of the prison authorities charged with keep him under observation. Zygier was found hanging by a wet sheet tied to the window of his bathroom and died of asphyxiation. The judge said he died by his own hand. She ordered the prosecution to continue the investigation, although the state requested it go no further. Ten pages of the judge’s 29-page report were released for publication. The rest stay restricted under the gag order.

Israeli lawyer sheds some light on ‘Prisoner X’ mystery

Partially lifting a gag order on the case, an Israeli court said a dual-nationality citizen had been imprisoned secretly under a false name for ‘security reasons,’ and found dead in his cell in what was ruled a suicide.

By Maayan Lubell, Reuters, Rob Taylor, Reuters / February 18, 2013

JERUSALEM; and CANBERR

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 the suspected use by the Mossad of dual Australian-Israeli nationals and the circumstances behind the 2010 detention and death of 34-year-old Ben Zygier.

Israel on Wednesday broke its silence over an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) report which said that Zygier, who moved to Israel, was jailed in isolation over suspected misconduct while spying for the Mossad.

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Israeli parliamentary probe for Zygier affair

DEBKAfile February 17, 2013, 10:28 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

The intelligence subcommittee of the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee Sunday decided to launch an “intensive probe into all aspects” of the death of Ben Zygier-Alon in an Israeli prison cell two years ago. The inquiry and its findings will be confidential.

 

Israeli premier defends Israel in prisoner scandal

By Daniel Estrin And Rod Mc Guirk on February 17, 2013

Bloomberg/Businessweek

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister on Sunday defended the actions of his country’s security forces following a public uproar over the mysterious death of a man who apparently hanged himself while being held secretly in a maximum-security prison.

Israel has said little about the case. But Australian media have said the man, identified as Ben Zygier, was an Australian immigrant to Israel who served in the Mossad spy agency at the time of his death in December 2010. Zygier reportedly was imprisoned for unspecified security offenses.

In his first comments on the affair, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he “completely trusts” Israel’s security forces and legal system. He said that freedom of expression is important, but Israel faces extraordinary threats and therefore must keep silent on some details of national security affairs like this one.

“We are not like all other countries,” Netanyahu told his Cabinet. “We are more threatened, more challenged, and therefore we have to ensure the proper activity of our security forces.”

“Allow the security forces to work quietly so we can continue to live securely and safely,” he added.

The affair, suppressed by Israeli authorities until Australia’s national broadcaster broke the story last week, has shined a rare spotlight on the murky dealings of the Mossad and brought scrutiny on Israel’s system of military censorship and gag orders.

Critics have accused the Israeli government of trying to cover up the affair and are demanding a full investigation, fueling a debate about balancing national security and freedom of information in a country that prides itself as a vibrant democracy. Israeli officials have said that while the matter was kept from the public, the prisoner was given legal representation and maintained contact with his family.

The matter also has strained relations with Australia, a close ally of Israel.

Australia’s foreign minister, Bob Carr, on Sunday demanded that Israel provide information on the prisoner for an Australian investigation into his death.

“We have asked the Israeli government for a contribution to that report,” Carr told reporters in the Australian capital, Canberra. “We want to give them an opportunity to submit to us an explanation of how this tragic death came about.”

Carr initially said last week that his Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had been unaware that the prisoner, who also used the names Ben Allen and Ben Alon, had been in Israeli custody until his family asked for his body to be repatriated.

But Carr corrected the record and ordered the investigation on Wednesday after discovering that Australian intelligence officers had alerted some department officials 10 months earlier that the Australia-born Israel resident had been arrested on serious national security charges. Australian media have speculated that Zygier used his Australian passport, under various names, to spy for Israel.

Moshe Cohen, a spokesman for Israel’s Justice Ministry, said the ministry would consider this week whether to publish the coroner’s report that ruled the prisoner had committed suicide. It will also consider publishing details of a separate probe into possible neglect in the guarding of the prisoner, he said.

“After this case exploded, there was public interest,” Cohen said. “Whatever isn’t secret we need to publish.”

In Israel, criticism is mounting about officials’ handling of the affair and the prisoner. Lawmaker Tzachi Hanegbi, head of parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee during the time of the prisoner’s detention in 2010, told Israel Radio on Sunday his committee was frequently briefed by Israel’s intelligence bodies on matters of national security, but he was never told about the prisoner.

“This needs an explanation,” Hanegbi said. “Even embarrassments have always been revealed to the committee.”

Avigdor Feldman, a lawyer who met with Zygier shortly before his death, has speculated that the difficult conditions of solitary confinement led the 34-year-old man to take his own life.

Later Sunday, an Israeli parliamentary subcommittee announced it would launch an “intensive probe” into the affair.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. has reported that Zygier was a Mossad intelligence service agent who hanged himself in a supposedly suicide-proof solitary confinement cell.

The Australian foreign minister at the time of Zygier’s death, government lawmaker and former prime minister Kevin Rudd, has refused to say when he became aware of Zygier’s arrest and death.

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Netanyahu defends Israel’s handling of Prisoner X scandal

Feb 17, 2013
RAMALLAH // Benjamin Netanyahu today defended Israel’s security services and judicial system against criticism over secrecy imposed on the imprisonment and apparent suicide in jail two years ago of an alleged Mossad agent with dual Australian-Israeli citizenship.

In his first remarks on the Prisoner X scandal that grabbed international headlines last week, the Israeli prime minister touted his country’s democratic credentials and insisted its security agencies “act under the full supervision of the legal authorities, which are completely independent”.

“We are an exemplary democratic state and we protect the rights of the interrogated and individual rights no less than any other country,” Mr Netanyahu said during his weekly cabinet meeting, warning that exposures of Israel’s intelligence activities could “badly damage” its security.

Authorities have used court gag orders, military censorship and direct requests to news editors to silence local media after an Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) expose last Tuesday identified Prisoner X as Ben Zygier, a 34-year-old Australian suspected of spying for Israel, who also used the names Ben Alon, Ben Allan and Banjamin Burrows. He reportedly hanged himself in a prison in the Israeli city of Ramla in December 2010 despite being under constant surveillance in an isolation cell.

The gag order prevented Israeli media from reporting on the ABC report of Zygier’s death for 24 hours. On the day of the report, Mr Netanyahu called meetings with representatives of Israeli media outlets to urge them not to publish information on the issue. The Israeli leader warned them that doing so would “embarrass a government agency”, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported yesterday.

The mystery surrounding Zygier’s demise has strained Israel’s relations with Canberra. Bob Carr, Australia’s foreign minister, yesterday said his government had asked Israel to cooperate in an internal investigation he announced on Wednesday.

“We have asked the Israeli government for a contribution to that report,” Mr Carr told reporters. “We want to give them an opportunity to submit to us an explanation of how this tragic death came about.”

Before his arrest in Israel in early 2010, Zygier may have been trying to expose Israel’s use of Australian passports during espionage operation abroad, the Brisbane Times reported on Friday. It cited unnamed Australian security officials as learning about Zygier’s arrest just after Dubai police revealed that Australian passports had been used by three suspects in the assassination of Mahmoud Al Mabhouh, a senior Hamas official, in the emirate in January 2010 that was suspected to have been carried out by Mossad agents.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in Mabhouh’s death.

Israeli press reported yesterday that the justice ministry was considering whether to allow publication of the inquest into Zygier’s death that rendered a verdict of suicide.

According to the Maariv newspaper, parts of the report were likely to be published later this week after the attorney general, Yehuda Weinstein, decides which parts are to be redacted for security reasons, in conjunction with Mossad and the military censor.

Senior legal officials are also examining whether there should be any negligence charges levelled over Zygier’s death in a ruling expected in the coming weeks, the paper said.

“It was a failure. We failed to protect his life,” a senior official in the Israel Prisons Service told the paper.

He said the assumption was that Zygier had hanged himself with a shirt in the bathroom of his cell, the one area not monitored by security cameras.

* Additional reporting by the Associated Press, Bloomberg News and Agence France-Presse

Israeli Spy was Central Cog in Nuclear Weapons Proliferation Alliance

Global Research, January 28, 2013
israelflagIt is clear that during the middle of December of last year that the Obama White House had settled on former Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be the Secretary of Defense. The U.S. Intelligence Community and defense establishment was told to come up with a strategy to combat the expected strong opposition to the nomination of the critical of Israel Hagel by that nation’s lobby in the United States.The pro-Hagel circles needed a secret weapon to counteract the Israel supporters who would stress that Hagel was not supportive of the «special relationship» between the United States and Israel. There was no better way to demonstrate that Israel was no special ally of the United States but a longtime hostile intelligence threat to America by declassifying a large part of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Damage Report arising from the intense espionage carried out by one-time U.S. Naval Intelligence spy Jonathan Jay Pollard on behalf of Israel…The declassification of the long-classified Pollard report was made on December 16, 2012. However, the first substantial media reports on the report began around December 26. The Jewish media, including Yeshiva World, Tablet Magazine, and Jewish Week, contended the report only showed that Pollard disclosed classified information on Arab and Soviet military capabilities, ignoring the fact that Pollard’s disclosures revealed the nature of U.S. intelligence sources and methods in obtaining such information, thereby putting U.S. civilian and military assets in extreme jeopardy.

The one major explosive revelation in the declassified report is Pollard’s involvement in a highly-classified Israeli-South African program to test a nuclear weapon in the South Atlantic/South Indian Ocean region in September 1979.

The Pollard Damage Assessment was prepared by the Director of Central Intelligence’s Foreign Denial and Deception Analysis Committee and issued on October 30, 1987. The report reveals for the first time that Pollard began working as a U.S. naval intelligence watch officer the same month that Israel and South Africa, possibly with the financial support of Taiwan, detonated a nuclear device in the South Atlantic/South Indian Ocean near South Africa’s Prince Edward Islands. The un-redacted damage assessment report also provides details of Pollard’s espionage work for South Africa before or at the same time he was spying for Israel.

Pollard’s espionage for Israel and South Africa provide evidence of his a key role in providing faulty intelligence to higher U.S. intelligence echelons concerning the nuclear test. Pollard’s mission was clear: his Israeli handlers wanted the details of the nuclear test kept secret. If it were proven that Israel was violating South African sanctions, the Symington Amendment would have required the United States to cut off all military and economic assistance to Israel. Even the powerful Jewish Lobby could not get around what was U.S. law.

The report describes Pollard’s work in September 1979 in the Navy Field Operational Intelligence Office (NFOIO) in Suitland, Maryland, outside of Washington, DC. The report states: “He began work as an Intelligence Research Specialist assigned to the Naval Ocean Surveillance Information Center (NOSIC} of the Navy Field Operational Intelligence Office in September 1979.” The report also states that during the same month of the South African-Israeli nuclear test Pollard “admitted that he had attended a clandestine meeting with the South African Defense Attaché.”

In July 1980 Pollard admitted to his superiors that he lied about his contacts with South African intelligence. However, this «admission» was to cover up what Pollard knew about the successful nuclear test the previous year and after Pollard and, presumably other Israeli moles, tainted U.S. intelligence into believing that the double flash normally associated with a nuclear detonation spotted on September 22, 1979 by the bhangmeter photo sensors on U.S. VELA 6911 nuclear detection satellite, orbiting over the South Atlantic at one-third the distance to the moon, was nothing more than a meteor entering the atmosphere or some other natural event.

Pollard failed to highlight several key indicators from his ocean surveillance duties that would have prompted U.S. intelligence assets to turn their attention toward South African extended waters on September 22, 1979. The entire South African Navy was placed on alert for the entire week surrounding September 22 and the Simonstown and Saldanha naval bases were placed under tight security that same week, But Pollard sat on the information and likely deep sixed analysis reports from co-workers on South Atlantic/South Indian Ocean operations during the fateful week.

It is clear that certain intelligence quarters in the U.S. Navy began feeding false intelligence on the double nuclear flash to the CIA. The CIA decided to hire the contractor firm MITRE to analyze recorded acoustic data gathered by the Navy’s Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) and the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) less than one-hertz acoustic monitoring systems that piggybacked off the Navy’s SOSUS acoustic hydrophone arrays extending from Bermuda, Wales, and Iceland. The tests revealed that there was a 2-4 kiloton nuclear bomb test in the South Atlantic with acoustic intelligence confirming concussive blast low-level harmonics from Navy and Air Force sonar arrays.

An auroral flash normally associated with nuclear blasts was detected by meteorological stations on Norway’s Bouvet Island, France’s île de la Possession in the nearby Crozet Islands, and at the Japanese Showa station in Antarctica. Further intelligence supporting the nuclear blast event was compiled by the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Naval Research Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory including increased radiation found in sheep downwind of the blast site in Western Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria and in ionospheric disturbances detected by the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico.

Someone within the ranks of Navy intelligence was preparing incorrect intelligence reports and covering for Israel’s and South Africa’s involvement in a nuclear test. One of those suspected is Pollard, whose job was to monitor naval operations around the world the day the nuclear test was conducted in the South Atlantic.

The report’s description of Pollard’s early association with South Africa, which some authors of the damage report attempted to debunk, at the same time Israel and the apartheid regime were cooperating on nuclear weapons development is as follows:

“The following factors that have come to light about his employment with the Navy indicate that Pollard was unsuited for access to sensitive national security information:

– False claims concerning professional qualifications. Pollard falsely stated on his naval employment application that he had a ‘provisional’ M.A. degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Moreover, in February 1980 during an interview with Task Force 168, the intelligence element charged with HUMINT collection, Pollard falsely claimed to have an M.A. degree, to be proficient in Afrikaans, and to have applied for a commission in the naval reserve. Pollard made another, more farfetched statement to his immediate supervisor in NOSIC: he said he had key South African contacts who could provide him with valuable information, and that he had known South African citizens for many years because his father bad been the CIA Station Chief in South Africa.”

The report also states: “Pollard claimed in a post-arrest debriefing that he had come very close to volunteering to commit espionage while holding a conversation in Hebrew with the Israeli Naval Attaché during a U.S.-Israeli intelligence exchange in 1983. Although it is not clear exactly when Pollard first began to consider espionage, we believe it was at least as early as 1980-81.”

The damage report’s Executive Summary is surprisingly soft on Israel’s use of Pollard as a spy. The summary states that Pollard’s “short but intensive espionage career on behalf of Israel lasted from June 1984 until his arrest on 21 November 1985.” However, other sections of the report state that Pollard considered spying for Israel at least as early as 1980-81. Other parts of the report indicate that Pollard’s espionage for both Israel and South Africa began much earlier and that even as a teen Pollard was a committed Zionist who placed loyalty to Israel above the United States.

Of course, it is this sort of hard intelligence that can be used to show that Israel has long been an adversary of the United States and a dangerous espionage center for anti-U.S. operations. At the time of the South African-Israeli nuclear test, the administration of President Jimmy Carter was actively enforcing military sanctions against South Africa imposed by UN Security Council resolution 418 of 1977.

Two years before Pollard was arrested by the FBI after trying to seek political asylum in the Israeli embassy in Washington, the FBI arrested in New York South African Navy Commodore Dieter Gerhardt and his East German spy wife, Ruth, based on a tip from a Soviet defector code named «Farewell.» Gerhardt was the commander of the South African Navy’s Simonstown naval base and had access to signals intelligence intercepts from South Africa’s secret Silvermine listening post near Cape Town. South Africa and the U.S.U.K. signals intelligence alliance shared some intelligence at a low level during this time frame.

Gerhardt’s role as a possible liaison to Pollard and Israeli intelligence in the United States becomes apparent when Gerhardt’s own admission: that he was an important liaison in South African – Israeli military cooperation. Gerhardt later revealed that he was aware of the South African-Israeli nuclear test in the South Atlantic, which he said was code named Operation Phoenix. Gerhardt’s later admission also revealed that the nuclear test was a «clean» blast, an indication that South Africa and Israel had tested a neutron bomb. Israel’s possession of neutron bombs is one of the Jewish state’s most closely-guarded secrets. The Israeli Lobby’s unofficial conspiracy debunking journal, Popular Mechanics, which ruled out any official U.S. or Israeli government involvement in the 9/11 attack, stated that there was no nuclear explosion and that Gerhardt lacked credibility. The Pollard Damage Report and other revelations have substantiated Gerhardt’s claims. Pollard also was dealing with both the South Africans and Soviets. Moreover, it was later determined that Israel later swapped some of Pollard’s classified information with the Soviets in return for an increase in exit visas for Soviet Jews to Israel.

After Gerhardt was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa, and Gerhardt’s wife received a ten year sentence, South African President P. W. Botha offered amnesty to some prisoners in 1988, including Nelson Mandela. Ruth Gerhardt applied for the amnesty. The request was turned down by none other than Justice Richard Goldstone, the self-proclaimed Zionist who has run hot and cold on Israeli atrocities in Gaza. Goldstone in 1988 was obviously acting under orders from Israel to keep Ruth Gerhardt under lock and key. In 1985, Israeli nuclear scientist Mordechai Vanunu began passing secrets on Israel’s nuclear weapons program to the media, including the fact that South African uclear scientists were frequent guests at the top secret Israeli nuclear facility at Dimona in the Negev Desert.

In 1986, Vanunu was forcibly kidnapped by Israeli agents in Rome after he was lured into a Mossad «honey trap» and imprisoned in Israel. Efforts by some in U.S. intelligence to trade Vanunu for Pollard were met with stony silence from Israeli officials. In 1988, Israel was trying to get Pollard released from the life prison sentence handed down in 1987 and Goldstone was under pressure to ensure that the Gerhardts remained silent, especially after Vanunu’s embarrassing disclosures about Israeli nuclear weapons and South Africa. Ruth was released in 1990 and her husband was released in 1992. In 1999, Gerhardt received amnesty and his rank of Rear Admiral was restored. Vanunu was eventually released but his «freedom» has largely consisted of virtual house arrest in Israel.

Later, Deputy South African Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad and former CIA Pretoria station officer Tyler Drumheller confirmed that Israel and South Africa jointly tested the South Atlantic nuclear weapon.

The Pollard deception continues to haunt the world today. One of the key players in the Israel-South African nuclear weapons research was Israeli arms smuggler Shaul Eisenberg, the head of the Israel Corporation and a provider of military hardware to China, North Korea, and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Eisenberg, whose Wikipedia entry has been re-written by Israeli propagandists, controlled Israel Aircraft Industries and Zim Israel Navigation Shipping Company. Eisenberg was able to provide needed nuclear weapons components from Operation Phoenix to China and two of its major allies, North Korea and Pakistan.

It is with this knowledge of Israel’s destructive actions against America that Hagel and his supporters prepare to do battle with the nefarious Israel Lobby during the expected heated Senate confirmation hearings.

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