Photos of 'Arrested Mossad Operatives' Published in Turkey

Sabah releases 15 headshots of alleged agents it says were part of a network collecting information for Israel on Palestinian students residing in Turkey

new-hdc-logo
Haaretz
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Taksim mosque at Taksim square landmark in Istanbul, in October.
Taksim mosque at Taksim square landmark in Istanbul, in October. Credit: Francisco Seco/AP
new-hdc-logo
Haaretz

The pro-government Turkish newspaper Sabah published on Monday what it said was the pictures and details of a spy network that operated on Israel's behalf.

According to the report, all 15 members of the network are Arab.

On Friday, the newspaper reported that one of the members of the alleged network had met twice with Mossad operatives in Zurich, and that he had collected information on Palestinians residing in Turkey in exchange for thousands of euros.

On Monday, Sabah published 15 headshots and detailed the roles they allegedly held within the network, whose overall mission was collecting information on foreign students residing in Turkey, especially those who might potentially work in the defense industry.

Sabah identified the agent who operated the network by the initials A.Z. and said he had used six different identities. It also reported that one member of the network, a medical student in the Turkish city of Konya, identified as M.A.S, played a key role in connecting members of the network with their Israeli handlers.

According to the report, M.A.S admitted during his interrogation by Turkey's security services that he had spied for the Mossad. A.Z., the report added, contacted him for the first time in December 2018 via Whatsapp. Later on, he asked him to collect information on Palestinian students residing in Turkey and the professional opportunities they might have in the country, according to the report.

Sabah further said that M.A.S sent the information to the Mossad in exchange for a payment of hundreds of euros, which he received via the Western Union financial services company. Over the past three years, M.A.S has received thousands more euros and dollars, in this way, the report said. It also reported that M.A.S later granted A.Z.'s request to gather information on Palestinian NGOs in Turkey, too.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

The Orion nebula, photographed in 2009 by the Spitzer Telescope.

What if the Big Bang Never Actually Happened?

Relatives mourn during the funeral of four teenage Palestinians from the Nijm family killed by an errant rocket in Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip, August 7.

Why Palestinian Islamic Jihad Rockets Kill So Many Palestinians

בן גוריון

'Strangers in My House': Letters Expelled Palestinian Sent Ben-Gurion in 1948, Revealed

AIPAC

AIPAC vs. American Jews: The Toxic Victories of the 'pro-Israel' Lobby

Bosnian Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic speaks during a press conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia in May.

‘This Is Crazy’: Israeli Embassy Memo Stirs Political Storm in the Balkans

Hamas militants take part in a military parade in Gaza.

Israel Rewards Hamas for Its Restraint During Gaza Op