SUSPECTED Australian-Israeli spy Ben Zygier is believed to have been arrested by his employer on suspicions he had informed Australia’s domestic intelligence agency of his work for Mossad, reports say.
The ABC says it understands Mr Zygier met Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) officers while visiting Australia, where he revealed details about several Mossad missions including a secret operation in Italy.
Mr Zygier is said to have applied for a work visa in Italy on one of his four trips to Australia before his death in an Israeli jail in 2010.
He established a communications company in Europe for Mossad, which employed two other Australian Jews, the ABC reported.
Earlier on Monday, federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said his department did not need to review what Australia’s spy agencies might have known about the case of Mr Zygier.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr has ordered a review of his department’s handling of the mysterious case of the Melbourne man, after it emerged Australian diplomats knew about his imprisonment in Israel before his death.
Mr Carr is also asking Israel for some answers over Mr Zygier’s arrest by Israeli authorities in February 2010, when he was held in a maximum security cell under a false name until he died, apparently by his own hand, in December 2010.
Israel’s parliament says it will conduct an “intensive” inquiry into the arrest and death of the Australian-Israeli man with Mossad links.
“The intelligence subcommittee of the (Knesset) foreign affairs and defence committee decided to hold an intensive inquiry into all aspects of the affair of the prisoner found dead in his cell,” the committee spokesman, Asaf Doron, said in a statement. -AAP