Turkey passed list of Mossad agents to Iran

Posted: October 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

A report in the Washington Post claims that, last year, the Turkish government passed to the government in Tehran a list of ten Mossad agents active in Iran. The report was quoted in Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. According to the Post, the Israeli Mossad spy agency directed part of its network from Turkish territory, taking advantage of the relative freedom of movement along the Iran-Turkey border. Informed sources described the Turkish move as having rendered “necessary information that threatens the security of Israel”. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “rage” at the Turkish government’s move was, it is claimed, why he initially refused to apologise to Turkey for the military assault on the Freedom Flotilla in 2010, when 9 Turkish activists were killed by Israeli commandos. Israel only apologised formally to Turkey in March during US President Barak Obama’s visit to Tel Aviv. Apparently, the US administration did not protest to Turkey even though it had damaged the intelligence network and the information coming from Iran. Relations between US intelligence agencies and their Turkish counterparts remained the same, said the media reports. – See more at: http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/new….L0zxEFEt.dpuf

Report: Turkey exposed Israeli operatives in Iran, Turkish-Israeli relations deteriorated following the deaths of nine Turkish citizens on the Mavi Marmara
In the midst of last year’s nadir in Turkish-Israeli relations, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government exposed the identity of 10 Iranians acting as informants for Israel’s intelligence service, the Mossad, according to the Washington Post.
According to the report, the Mossad had been running a portion of their Iranian spy network through Turkey, thanks to its relatively open border with Iran. However, Turkey’s own extensive covert operations within Iran allowed it to monitor Israel’s network.
The expansive covert conflict between Israel and Iran has had several casualties, with periodic reports of Iran trying, and in some cases executing, alleged Israeli spies. Last week, Iran sent three alleged spies to trial after reportedly extracting confessions of attempting to recruit Iranian informants.
According to knowledgeable sources, Turkey’s actions dealt a significant blow to Israeli intelligence in Iran, while illustrating just how venomous the relationship between the two former allies became during the prolonged fallout of the May 2010 Gaza flotilla incident. The incident, in which Israel intercepted civilian vessels attempting to break the blockade on Gaza, led to the deaths of nine Turkish citizens on the Mavi Marmara ship.
The clandestine conflicts between spy agencies may also explain Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s protracted entrenchment against issuing a formal apology for the incident, which only came to an end after US President Barack Obama orchestrated a compromise.
Netanyahu resisted several overtures from top US officials, and many officials believe that despite the apology, Turkish-Israeli relations remain tenuous.
Furthermore, the head of Turkey’s intelligence agency Mili Istihbarat Teskilati (MIT), Hakan Fidan, has been seen by Israel of having overly friendly ties with Tehran. Israeli intelligence officers have even described him as “[Iran’s intelligence agency the] MOIS’ station chief in Ankara.”
The US, while aware of Turkey’s exposure, have not officially protested the actions while maintaining intelligence cooperation with their increasingly essential ally.
US officials believed the lapse is partially due to Israel’s misplaced trust as opposed to bad practice. Mossad, after 50 years of cooperation, could not imagine that Turkey would sell out Israeli agents to a hostile power, no matter how far political relations deteriorated.
However, Erdogan’s political shift towards being the champion of the Palestinian has also steered Ankara closer to Tehran.
The shift has been illustrated by further intelligence incidents, such as a recent Wall Street Journal report detailing how Fidan passed sensitive intelligence collected by the US and Israel to Iran.
This covert back and forth between the triangle of new and former allies illustrates the changing landscape of the Middle East, where the major powers are reevaluating and realigning their alliances in search of a new equilibrium following the vacuum of the Arab Spring.




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