October 17, 2013
Turkey disclosed to Iranian intelligence the identity of up to ten
Iranians who were allegedly spying on Tehran for Israel, journalist
David Ignatius wrote in a column published in The Washington Post on Thursday.
According to Ignatius, Ankara’s decision to expose the alleged Mossad
informants came early last year as Turkish-Israeli relations continued
to deteriorate following the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident.
Ignatius cites sources as saying the Turkish action was a
“significant” loss of intelligence for Israel, and “an effort to slap
According to Ignatius, the Mossad was running part of its Iranian spy
network through Turkey. The Turkish intelligence conducts aggressive
surveillance inside its borders, which enabled it to monitor covert
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