Mossad Chief Had Affair and Revealed Classified Information, Report Says

While he headed Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, Yossi Cohen disclosed secrets and methods to a woman and her husband, Channel 13 report says

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Former Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, in July.
Former Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, in July.Credit: Emil Salman

Yossi Cohen, the former director of the Mossad, disclosed classified information to a woman with whom he was having an affair and to her husband while he was heading the intelligence agency, Channel 13 reported on Tuesday.

According to the channel's program "Hamakor", Cohen had an affair with a flight attendant and met with her and her husband in 2018 at their home in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hasharon. At these meetings, Cohen reportedly disclosed that he had used a cover in which he represented himself as an Arab tour guide.

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According to the woman’s husband, Guy Shiker, Cohen told him and his wife how he was recruited into the Mossad and how the organization tracked an Arab leader’s doctor, as well as anecdotes containing other classified information. In addition, Cohen allegedly disclosed that when he took office as Mossad director, he fired and replaced six division heads because they were not loyal to him.

According to the Channel 13 broadcast, Shiker was also aware of Cohen’s travel around the world, including a 30-hour trip from Chad to New York around the time of an official visit by then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the African country.

Another instance in which Shiker reportedly followed Cohen’s movements was reported to senior Mossad officials, including the agency’s acting director. "Hamakor" reported that when he met with Shiker, Cohen told him that this had embarrassed him before the agency's top brass.

The channel also reported that Cohen abused the authority of his position in seeking to obtain personal information about Shiker and discovered that Shiker had previously sought to work for the Mossad. Cohen was also asked by Shiker to hire Shiker’s personal secretary, a 23-year-old woman, and to station her in Bangkok, the broadcast alleged. The young woman was then hired by the agency and stationed in Bangkok, "Hamakor" reported.

In a statement by her lawyers, Shiker's wife denied having an affair with Cohen and that he had revealed official secrets or information about the Mossad's inner workings to her or her husband.,"

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