Turkey’s MIT brings down 15-member Mossad spy network
…from the Daily Sabah
[ Editor’s Note: Today we have a peek into an example of the little country of Israel’s capacity to engage in huge espionage operations all over the world, including all the NATO countries and the US most of all, one of its biggest targets.
The irony for the US is that it is the only target that actually pays for a foreign country to run massive espionage operations into every facet of US life, as we give Israel huge amounts of funding from which it can easily dip into to fund not only its espionage operations but its nuclear weapons programs.
Such foreign student spying goes on inside the US. I was once briefed by a top nuclear scientist in how the Mossad contacts the top scientific foreign students, say for example in the nuclear field, looking to go to grad school and or a Phd program.
Israel can not only guarantee their getting into a top school, but after graduating would find themselves working in a top national nuclear lab as a long term deep cover asset for Israel.
The only FBI case ever brought that I know of was Wen Ho Lee at Los Alamos, and that turned out to be a disaster for the FBI, settling with him for a million dollars after having him not only in solitary confinement while trying to break him, but in shackles.
Whether the Democrats or Republicans are in charge, absolutely no one lifts a finger to stop it, not those in office, not any of the ex-officials, not any of the veterans or security organizations or their alumni.
And mind you that all of them take an oath to defend and protect the US from all enemies, and then check that oath at the door when the issue of disrupting Israeli operations inside America comes up.
The public is not blameless in this, but that ranges widely. On the most shameful end, you have the Christian Zionists who assist Israel in every way possible, not only for its international activities, but they also are on call to assist in operations inside the US where their help is needed.
Please don’t be shocked because these are the same people that can’t wait for the end of the world where we all die, so they can enjoy their rapture.
A reasonable person would consider such people as acute security risks, but are actually given the red carpet treatment from the rest of American citizens that seem to be on their knees … Jim W. Dean ]
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You can click on the tweet to get the english translation. I include this as it is the first video I have ever seen of the actual arrests of a network in progress.
İsrail adına casusluk yapan 15 kişilik şebeke çökertildi. Casuslar, özellikle Türkiye'deki Filistinli ve Suriyeli öğrenciler hakkında bilgi topluyordu. MİT'in MOSSAD ajanlarına yönelik operasyonuna dair detaylar @trthaber'de.https://t.co/NXsUuwAm2t pic.twitter.com/8uzrcuTHz6
— TRT Haber Canlı (@trthabercanli) October 21, 2021
First published … October 22, 2021
A 200-person team from the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) exposed that a network of operatives working for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad had been covertly carrying out activities against Israeli opponents and foreign students in Turkey.
The network, which consisted of five separate cells of three people, was tracked by MIT units for a year. After the information was shared with police, counterterrorism forces caught the 15 spies in a secret operation carried out on Oct. 7 in four provinces.
According to reports, the spies had been providing Mossad information on foreign students enrolled in Turkish universities, especially those who they think could work in the defense industry in the future. The investigation revealed that one of the cells was particularly important as its members were tasked with contacting Mossad field officers and meeting with them abroad.
During these meetings, information and documents deemed significant for Israel were relayed to field officers, known as “case officers” in intelligence terminology. Mossad paid cell members varying amounts for private information on students living in Turkey.
One of the spies, A.B., was one of the most important members of the network and was entrusted with investigating the conditions of Palestinians living in Turkey. The spy acted as a courier for payments and was reported missing in Istanbul’s Maltepe district in June 2021 in an attempt to mislead security forces. However, MIT was already carrying out surveillance on the cells at the time.
The investigation revealed that A.B. was in contact with A.Z., a field officer and Israeli passport-holder. A.B. was paid $10,000 (TL 92,892) this year for his espionage activities.
Another important member of the network, R.A.A., was also listed as a missing person. It is known that he was in the Croatian capital Zagreb where he met with Mossad field managers over June 27-28, 2021. R.A.A. also received payments of $1,000 and $1,200.
The third member of the cell, M.A.S., traveled to Zurich twice on Mossad’s orders in addition to meeting with the intelligence agency’s field officials, most frequently with an official with the initials M.C. Just like the other two members of this cell, M.A.S. was reported as missing.
The members of the espionage network were instructed to gather information on Palestinians attending Turkish universities and to find out what opportunities they are provided by the government and municipalities. The network then used this information to compile profiles on individuals to be sent to Mossad officials abroad through encrypted, web-based programs. The network also looked into various associations and organizations operating in Turkey and shared the findings with the Israeli secret service.
The spy network used the Protonmail application, which allows the encryption of Microsoft Word files, to relay intelligence. Another program taken advantage of was SafeUM, which generates fake phone numbers that cell members used to communicate with Mossad administrators undetected from applications like WhatsApp.
In return for the reports, the 15 Mossad agents were transferred payments via services like Western Union and Moneygram, and in some cases were compensated in Bitcoin. The agents also used a courier system to transfer funds, using jewelry stores and markets as hubs.
The investigation is expected only to deepen and a comprehensive indictment will be prepared once MIT’s expert teams complete their interrogations of the spies.
Jim W. Dean is VT Editor Emeritus. He was an active editor on VT from 2010-2022. He was involved in operations, development, and writing, plus an active schedule of TV and radio interviews. He now writes and posts periodically for VT.
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