The ‘Spy Cables’ Reveal Inconvenient Truths about Israel's Mossad

Screenshot from Al Jazeera's Promotional Video for the 'Spy Cables'

Screenshot from Al Jazeera's Promotional Video for the ‘Spy Cables

In collaboration with The Guardian newspaper, Al Jazeera is publishing hundreds of secret intelligence papers, dubbed the ‘Spy Cables‘ from agencies all over the world, from Israel to Britain, passing by Russia, Australia and South Africa. This comes four years after Al Jazeera published the Palestine Papers, “a trove of over 1,600 memos, emails, maps and more, which documented over a decade of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.” Of the current leaks, we will focus on those pertaining to Israel's Mossad agency.

Mossad contradicted Netanyahu on Iran nuclear programme

In 2012, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went to the United Nations to supposedly warn the world about Iran's nuclear program, claiming that they were 70 per cent into achieving their goal. Meanwhile, the Mossad, Israel's own Spy agency, denied the story, saying that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons.” Full story.

Israel airline used as intelligence ‘front’

This leak revealed that “Israel uses its flag-carrier, El Al Airlines, as cover for its intelligence agencies,” a claim supported by a document from the South African intelligence agency, the SSA, released in 2009. Full Story.

‘Ex-Israeli agents’ threatened cyber attack on S Africa

This leak revealed that a group claiming to be ex-Israeli spies threatened to launch a ‘devastating’ cyberattack on South Africa if the government doesn't crack down on local Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaigns against Israel's violations of international law. Full Story.

The Mossad asked its South African counterpart detailed information on Egypt's Morsi

This cable revealed that the Mossad asked South Africa's SSA to provide detailed information on Mohammed Morsi nearly a month into his presidency. Full Story and Al Jazeera's Analysis.

A CIA agent was ‘desperate’ to make contact with Hamas, Israel lobbies South Africa to silence a UN-sponsored probe into war crimes committed in Gaza

This leak reveals that a CIA agent was desperately trying to contact Hamas and asked the SSA for help. It was also revealed that the then-Mossad chief, Meir Dagan, was “seeking Pretoria's help in its efforts to scupper a landmark UN-authorised probe into alleged war crimes in Gaza, which was headed by South African judge Richard Goldstone.” Full Story.

Spy Cables reveal Mossad's tactics

Al Jazeera's Will Jordan revealed some of the tactics used by the Mossad for its activities. Full Story.

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