Mossad agents posing as CIA ‘apparently didn’t give a damn what we thought’

Mark Perry’s explosive report on Israel intelligence agents posing as CIA agents, recruiting terrorists to strike Iran, is headline news — at least in Israel.

In the United States the mainstream media has so far remained mute. Perhaps this isn’t surprising, though yet again it reflects the sickeningly servile relationship between the U.S. establishment and Israel’s supporters.

Imagine if the story in Foreign Policy had been that the CIA was recruiting terrorists. There would have been wall-to-wall coverage in print and on the cable networks. But since this is a story about the duplicity of Mossad there remains a hushed silence among those who dread the thought of upsetting the Israel lobby.

“It’s amazing what the Israelis thought they could get away with,” a U.S. intelligence officer told Perry, but maybe it really isn’t so amazing. After all, Israel’s political leaders, knowing that they essentially own the U.S. Congress and will never be severely challenged in the U.S. media, regard Washington as a malleable tool. Why would Mossad agents view their American counterparts any differently?

That the CIA does not regard Mossad as a stalwart friend, was made perfectly clear in a report by Jeff Stein a year and a half ago.

The CIA took an internal poll not long ago about friendly foreign intelligence agencies.

The question, mostly directed to employees of the clandestine service branch, was: Which are the best allies among friendly spy services, in terms of liaison with the CIA, and which are the worst? In other words, who acts like, well, friends?

“Israel came in dead last,” a recently retired CIA official told me the other day.

Not only that, he added, throwing up his hands and rising from his chair, “the Israelis are number three, with China number one and Russia number two,” in terms of how aggressive they are in their operations on U.S. soil.

Israel’s undercover operations here, including missions to steal U.S. secrets, are hardly a secret at the FBI, CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies. From time to time, in fact, the FBI has called Israeli officials on the carpet to complain about a particularly brazen effort to collect classified or other sensitive information, in particular U.S. technical and industrial secrets.

At Gawker, John Cook notes:

Spies are horrible and lie all the time and we do the same thing to other countries and down is up and up is down. But just remember next time you hear someone talking about our special relationship with Israel: They are taking some of the $3 billion a year we give them in military aid and using it to fund a program where they pay terrorists to kill Iranians and blame it on us.

And blame it on us so that when Israel’s covert war turns into full-scale war it will become our war.

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  1. Nothing critical of Israel ever appears in the US press and only occasionally appears in the European press.

    For instance, the Jerusalem Post (not the most liberal of newspapers what with Caroline Glick, seeming best friend of Pamela Geller, being a columnist) published an article about how Haagen Dazs ice cream was not kosher, what made it non-kosher (possible presence of camels milk) and how this could be remedied (hire a rabbi to supervise the process – a protection racket if ever I saw one).
    Now to me, this seemed like quite an amusing story that if it had involved Arabs describing Haagen Dazs as non-halal because pig milk might be used in its production, would also have appeared across most western media outlets. As it is, the JPost story was mentioned by antiwar.com and a blog at The Foward and that is it except for a further mention in YNet.

  2. delia ruhe says

    Let ’em eat Ben & Jerry’s.

  3. In the old days, when truth was sometimes truth and nations had the guts to stand up for their honour and reputations, this kind of information would have sent people out into the streets to call for blood. Which would have done the walk to the gallows first, the journalists or the traitors in politics, would have been a matter of which were caught first.