AOH :: MOSSAD.TXT|
Banned book about Israel's chief spy agency details intelligence operations
BANNED BOOK ABOUT ISRAEL'S CHIEF SPY AGENCY DETAILS INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS
WASHINGTON (SEPT. 13) UPI - A temporarily banned book about the Mossad,
Israel's chief spy agency, says up to 27 Israeli intelligence agents operate in
the United States chiefly to gather data about the Arab world but that U.S.
companies and citizens have been targeted for information.
The agents recruit, organize and carry out covert activities, mainly in New
York and Washington, as part of a top secret unit of the Mossad known as Al,
the Hebrew word for ''above'' or ''on top,'' said the book, ''By Way of
Deception: The Making and Unmaking of a Mossad Officer.''
Further, the book said the Mossad believes that the official U.S. version of
President John F. Kennedy's assassination Nov. 22, 1963, ''was pure,
The 361-page book by Victor Ostrovsky, who was born in Canada, has dual
Canadian-Israeli citizenship and was a Mossad operative from 1984- 1986, and
Claire Hoy, a Canadian journalist, discloses a host of secrets and some
chilling details of the spy agency's worldwide activities.
Ostrovsky's father, Syd Osten, lives in Omaha, Neb. Ostrovsky, who wrote that
he quit the Mossad after it used him as a scapegoat in the failure to capture
Arab terrorist leaders, is said to be hiding in Canada.
In a foreward, Ostrovsky wrote that he was ''laying my life on the line'' in
publishing the account.
The book, whose distribution temporarily was blocked in New York state and
Canada at the request of Israel's government, threatened to confront Israel
with its biggest embarrassment since nuclear engineer Mordechai Vanunu revealed
in 1986 that Israel has stockpiled weapons- grade plutonium at its nuclear
plant in Dimona. Vanunu was caught by Mossad agents in Rome and has been jailed
But galleys of the book were made available for review by its publisher, St.
Martin's Press of New York City.
The spokeswoman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, Ruth Yaron, declined to
comment about the book, citing the court action.
But she said Israel asked for the court injunction because Ostrovsky violated
his contract with the Mossad by not first clearing the book for publication and
because her government ''feels that there are details that could harm the
security of Israel and Israelis.''
If the first person accounts of Mossad operations, training procedures and
organization are true - it was virtually impossible to verify them immediately
- the book provides the most complete portrait ever presented publicly of
Israel's most significant intelligence agency.
''Mossad'' is an acronym for The Institute for Intelligence and Special
Operations. The agency's operatives, who the book says number no more than
1,200, including secretaries, refer to it simply as ''the office.''
The Al unit that operates in the United States with 24 to 27 employes ''is so
secretive, and so separate from the main organization, that the majority of
Mossad employees don't even know what it does and do not have access to its
files on the computer. But it exists,'' the book said.
''Their primary task,'' it said of the operatives, ''is to gather information
on the Arab world and the PLO, as opposed to gathering intelligence about U.S.
activities. But as we shall see, the dividing line is often blurred, and when
in doubt, Al doesn't hesitate to cross over it.''
One example was the theft of research material from some major U.S. defense
contractors to help Israel get a five-year $25.8 million contract in 1986 to
supply the Navy and Marines with unmanned reconnaissance drones known as the
Mazlat Pioneer I, the book said.
As for the Kennedy assassination, the book said the Mossad's ''theory was that
the killers - Mafiosa hit men, not Lee Harvey Oswald - actually wanted to
murder Texas Gov. John Connally. Oswald was seen as a dupe in the whole thing
and Connally as the target of mobsters trying to muscle their way into the oil
Connally was in Kennedy's car in the Dallas motorcade and was wounded.
The Warren Commission, the official body that investigated the assassination,
said that Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy and there had been no
Ostrovsky did not support the contention that organized crime may have been
behind Kennedy's killing.
But he wrote that the Mossad carried out a simulated exercise using better,
more powerful weapons than Oswald's 6.5mm rifle and telescopic sight and
couldn't hit a moving target from the 88-yard distance Oswald was from the
''A single bullet is supposed to have gone through the back of Kennedy's head,
out his chest and into Connally,'' the book said. ''If you look at the film (of
the assassination), you'll see those points were not aligned. If ever a bullet
could do a Waltzing Matilda, that was it.''
The entire AOH site is optimized to look best in Firefox® 3 on a widescreen monitor (1440x900 or better).
Site design & layout copyright © 1986- AOH
We do not send spam. If you have received spam bearing an artofhacking.com email address, please forward it with full headers to firstname.lastname@example.org.