Sunday, February 20, 2005

Mossad Agent Expelled from Australia

I'm going to post more later this evening, but I didn't want to let this excellent diary by SusanHu on DailyKos go unmentioned. There has been a lot of buzz in the Australian press (not picked up in the U.S. yet) about their expulsion of an Israeli spy who was involved with the Justice minister's daughter (among others). The most likely goal of this individual was obtaining U.S. intelligence materials, since Australia is among the extremely narrow group of countries (the others being Canada and the UK) that we share very broad ranging intelligence information with, and which don't spy on each other. While a number of foreign governments get U.S. intelligence materials (including Israel) the level of access that the AU/CA/UK countries have is unique -- they're almost "inside our head." There's even a classification marking on some U.S. documents which, translated from CIA-speak, means "no sharing with foreign governments except Australia, Canada, and the U.K."



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for picking up where the original site left off.

On the Australia case, we shouldn't forget the New Zealand incident a few months ago in which the Isrealis were evidently using deception to get valid Kiwi passports for nefarious uses.

Here's a link to an old "Guardian" story on that incident:,2763,1262362,00.html

5/10/2005 10:11:00 AM  

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