The depth of Iran’s deception

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By Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror.. Following last Monday’s (April 30, 2018) unveiling by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of “half a ton” of Iranian files proving that Iran lied about its nuclear program, many criticized what they called “a performance.” Of course, everyone was full of praise for the intelligence community, namely the Mossad, for obtaining the information. But they didn’t spare any criticism from the prime minister’s “show.” Some warned that the public unveiling would undercut the Mossad’s operational capabilities, which of course are usually kept secret. But this operation was not one that could be kept secret from the enemy. The Iranians learned about it the moment they entered their secret warehouse and found it empty. The prime minister’s unveiling did not give away any important details, so that argument holds no water. However, unveilings should not become a habit; Mossad missions must remain covert.

The criticism does raise an important question: Who owns information seized by an intelligence agency? In a democratic country, it should be obvious that the information belongs to the state and not to the agency. The state, and its leaders, should be the ones to decide what to do with the information, of course with consideration for the needs of the intelligence community in mind. In particular, the state must not compromise the safety of intelligence agents or sources and must refrain from exposing their methods. Read the full story.



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