French newspaper Le Monde revealed Sunday (26 March , 2017) how Mossad recruited French double agents
Together they successfully thwarted a Syrian chemical weapons program. However, allegedly the Israeli intelligence agency continued to utilize the agents as sources.
Le Monde released details from an audit report written by French intelligence. This report revealed details of how Mossad had persuaded the French spies to become double agents.
Vulnerabilities and Corruption
The report also revealed an additional entanglement with Bernard Squarcini. Squarcini formerly headed the General Directorate for Internal Security. He left the position in 2012.
He stands accused of not reporting his unauthorized ties to Mossad’s bureau chief in Paris. The report identified this bureau chief as D.K. Allegedly he no longer works in this post.
Altogether, 10 Mossad agents infiltrated France illegally to run the operation. After revelations of their involvement, all returned to Israel. They allegedly now work as private businessmen.
The operation codenamed “Ratafia” aimed to thwart Syrian chemical weapon plans. The joint Israeli and French agents targeted a Syrian engineer who had close ties to Assad.
Mossad derived the French agents from various units within the counterintelligence agency. They encouraged this engineer to set up an import/export business. The agents promised him lucrative contacts. They also assured him they would enable him to undertake further chemistry training.
The Israeli agents dealt with the part of the plot enabling the engineer to recruit further Syrian engineers. Both sets of agents met to discuss the operation under false names.
The operation proved successful. The intelligence accumulated by the agents then transferred to the European Union. It revealed the EU’s scientific cooperation with Syria. Immediately they froze assets and canceled the agreement with Syria.
Mossad Exploited French Double Agents
However, the audit report accuses Mossad of crossing further boundaries. Allegedly they further exploited their relationships with the French double agents. After the operation was complete, they continued to use them as intelligence sources for the Israeli government.
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