Israel denies Prisoner X had contact with Australian intelligence services

JERUSALEM — Israel denied Tuesday that a reputed Australian-Israeli agent of its Mossad spy agency who committed suicide in secret custody in 2010 had contact with Australian intelligence services.

The statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office is the first time Israel has named the reported spy, Ben Zygier, who had been widely referred to as Prisoner X, though the statement shed no light on the murky circumstances of his arrest.

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Israel’s Netanyahu responds to ‘Prisoner X’ scandal

JERUSALEM —Wading into the furor surrounding the death in secret custody of an Australian-Israeli man reported to have been an Israeli spy, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that “overexposure” of intelligence activities could seriously harm national security, and that Israel’s security agencies should be allowed to get on “quietly” with their jobs.

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