February 15, 2013

The Case of Israel's 'Prisoner X'

Karl Vick, Time

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Naïve is not a word often – maybe ever – used to describe the Mossad. The agency is after all Israel’s version of the CIA. But the case of Prisoner X, rapidly uncoiling now on websites from Canberra to Tel Aviv, owes a measure of its momentum to an assumption by Israeli spymasters that might be described as child-like in its hopefulness. The assumption was that a nameless prisoner could be placed in the most notorious cell in Israel – a whole prison wing, actually, specially built for the man who killed an Israeli prime minister – and somehow escape attention, even after he died inside it.

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