HERALD SUN: “Fake it easy, mate” 1Mar10 March 1, 2010

The Herald Sun -  28 February 2010


AUSSIE passports are often faked by Israeli intelligence chiefs because few people in the Middle East recognise the accent or know anything about the country, a former spy claims.

The hunt continues for the 26 killers of a top Palestinian militant – all of whom had fake Western passports, including three cloned Aussie IDs, one-time Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky said: “It’s (Australian) an easy cover to take, very few people know very much about Australia.

“You can tell whatever stories you want. It doesn’t take much of an accent to be an Australian or New Zealander, or an Englishman for that matter.

“I know people had been under Australian cover not once but quite a few times. So why not use it again?”

Dubai’s police chief pointed the finger at Meir Dagan, the head of Israel’s secret service Mossad.

It is widely suspected of carrying out the hit on Hamas chief Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in his Dubai hotel room on January 20.

Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan said yesterday: “What is sure is that the majority of the murderers are to be found in Israel?”

“Dagan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will head the list (of an international arrest warrant) if it is proven that Mossad is behind the murder,” the police chief said.

Khalfan was quoted in the government daily Emarat Al-Yom as calling on the Mossad chief to come clean.

“Meir Dagan, the boss, should admit the crime … or present a categorical denial that his service is implicated.

“But his current attitude shows he is afraid. Let him be a man, and tell the truth.”

Israel has sought to play down the row, saying there is no evidence of its involvement.

It has rejected the calls for Dagan’s arrest as “baseless” and “absurd”.

The murder of Mabhouh, regarded by Israel as a key link in a weapons-smuggling chain into the Gaza Strip has mounted international pressure on Israel.

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