Israel’s seizure of Iran’s massive nuclear program archive and the dramatic display of the more than 100,000 documents from a Tehran warehouse appears to prove Iran’s clandestine efforts to assemble nuclear weapons. Taken from a secret facility in the heart of Tehran marked a rare case of Israel going public about the operations of its top-secret Mossad spy agency.
New York Times The Mossad, long shrouded in mystery and mythology, is legendary in international intelligence circles for being behind what are believed to be some of the most daring covert operations of the past century. Only a few have come to light and often only years later. Israel is typically wary of exposing the exploits of the global arm of its vaunted intelligence community out of fear of revealing its well-cultivated sources or undermining its mystique.
On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed what he said was a trove of more than 100,000 Iranian nuclear documents collected by Israeli intelligence. Amos Yadlin, a former chief of Israeli military intelligence, said the seizure was a “very impressive” coup that sent a message that Israeli intelligence can penetrate Tehran’s deepest secrets.
Intelligence professionals from London, Paris and Berlin are coming to Jerusalem later this week to examine the materials Israel acquired.