Saturday 22 September 2018

Secret Mossad raids that spirited away half a ton of documents

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presents material on Iranian nuclear weapons (Sebastian Scheiner/AP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presents material on Iranian nuclear weapons (Sebastian Scheiner/AP)

The dilapidated warehouse in southern Tehran seemed an unlikely place for Iran to store its most sensitive nuclear secrets. But according to Israeli officials, the storage facility in the Shorabad neighbourhood had been chosen precisely because of its unassuming appearance.

Iran's government reportedly feared the files might be found by international inspectors.

Israeli officials said it was this act of centralisation that made it possible for Mossad spies to pull off the seemingly impossible: snatching half a ton of documents in a single night and spiriting them out of the country.

"It was too heavy to take in its entirety," said one Israeli official. Details emerged yesterday about the Israeli raid that provided the intelligence behind Benjamin Netanyahu's accusation that Iran lied to the world about its nuclear programme before and after the 2015 Iran deal.

The Israeli prime minister described the operation as one of its "biggest-ever intelligence achievements" but gave little sense about how it came about. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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