FAKE PASSPORT LINK – Saturday February 16 2013

– The mystery of suspected Israeli spy Ben Zygier has deepened, with authorities refusing to say whether his jailing in Israel three years ago was linked to the Mossad fake passports scandal.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation stonewalled yesterday over reports Mr Zygier was about to turn whistleblower on Israel when detained in February 2010.

Mr Zygier, 34, of Melbourne, was secretly jailed at the time Israel banned media coverage of the case, known as “Prisoner X”, now reported in the country to be relating to treason.

In December 2010, Mr Zygier died in his cell in a suspected suicide but questions have been raised given the secrecy and the fact his cell was suicide-proof.

Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr was embarrassed this week after being forced to admit DFAT officials knew of Mr Zygier in February 2010 after the minister previously claimed it found out only after his death.

But former foreign minister Kevin Rudd said yesterday through a spokesman: “Mr Rudd supports the approach the Foreign Minister has taken on this matter.”

Mr Rudd was prime minister at the time of the jailing and was furious publicly with Israel over the passports scandal involving suspected Israeli spies using forged Australian documents to assassinate Hamas weapons importer Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in the United Arab Emirates in January 2010.

It was reported yesterday that Australian security officials believed Mr Zygier, a dual national with several names, was about to tip the bucket on Israel over the scam when he was detained only weeks later.

But Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida earlier reported Mr Zygier was a member of a Mossad team that assassinated al-Mabhouh in Dubai.

A DFAT spokeswoman yesterday directed inquiries about the case to Senator Carr’s comments before a parliamentary hearing this week in which he defended the Government.

A spokesman for ASIO was also tight-lipped – Patrick Lion




About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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