Australian Authorities Were Investigating Ben Zygier for Espionage Months Before His Arrest in Israel

Australian intelligence officials were looking into suspicions that Zygier, known later as Prisoner X, was fraudulently using his Australian passport; upon being contacted by a reporter months before his arrest, Zygier adamantly denied the charges.

Ben Zygier, the alleged Mossad agent who committed suicide in Ayalon Prison in December 2010, was under investigation by Australian intelligence months before he was arrested in Israel, media outlets in Australia and the U.K. reported on Wednesday.