MembersCodename: Torpedo

Israeli intelligence has been teasing the media with an ongoing spy-caper worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster

By Michael Selutin |
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Israel military intelligence recently provided the media with a bit of a spy-caper when it declassified portions of a dossier regarding an asset who holds a high-ranking position in an Arab country and is unknowingly providing the Jewish state with invaluable information. According to the report, the spy operates under the codename “Torpedo” and thinks that he works for a non-governmental organization.

Torpedo was recruited for a complex operation some five years ago, and since then has passed “immensely important information” on to Israel, the dossier read. “We’re always trying to recruit senior officials who can give us valuable information through their important positions,” said an officer with the military intelligence unit that recruited Torpedo. The first step of the process was to evaluate Torpedo’s willingness and ability to operate in this capacity. For instance, how often he travels abroad, his quality of life at home, and his ambitions to make money in the private sector.

The resulting assessment brought Israel’s intelligence chiefs to the conclusion that Torpedo could be a valuable asset, but should be recruited into...

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