Report: Israel had mole inside Syrian nuke facility

Sunday, October 21, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Israel's aerial strike against a suspected Syrian nuclear facility last month was made possible by a mole working at the site who provided the Jewish state with photographic evidence of its dangerous purpose, reported the American news network ABC.

A senior unnamed US official told ABC that Israel likely succeeded in recruiting a Syrian working at the facility, as well as infiltrating one of its own agents.

The official said that he had seen the photographic evidence possessed by the Israelis, and that it showed a large reinforced cylindrical structure and a nearby pumping station. Nuclear reactors require a constant source of water to keep them cool.

According to the report, the CIA checked the Israeli photos against its own satellite imagery and did not deny that the facility appeared to be a nuclear station under construction. The US did, however, reject Israeli requests to use its own forces based in Iraq to destroy the site.

Israel ultimately decided to bomb the facility itself, against the protests of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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