Mossad did suffer a security breach. To what degree is hard to tell.
March 30, 2013, 15:10 EST
Israel’s reaction to the announcement by a loosely organized cyber-activist group, Anonymous, that it hacked Mossad’s database gaining access to top-secret documents indicates that there is at least some truth to the claims.
For more than a week, the western corporate media has been trying to figure out if there is any truth to Anonymous’ claim that it gained access to the personal data of more than 30,000 Israeli officials, including military officers, politicians and Mossad agents, and that it will release the information gradually. The claim is difficult to prove conclusively as it would require a thorough check of the published data. This is almost an unattainable task unless all the people identified on the list can be thoroughly interrogated and the information verified based on their statements.
The information leaked by Anonymous contains data on individuals involved in a variety of Israeli businesses such as auto parts stores and food companies. This aspect cannot be used as proof to dismiss the claims made by Anonymous as false. Intelligence agencies worldwide use various covers to operate; often the cover identities are very public in order not to attract suspicion. Also the article published in Forbes magazine states that at least some of the names may be those of old government contractors. This is an indication that there is some link between Anonymous’ published list and the Israeli regime.
Analysis given by Forbes points out that “it appears a tad unlikely that a deep-cover Mossad agent in Tehran sends cute Persian cat photos on his Israeli email account.” This assumes that members of the Mossad terrorist organization are some kind of super heroes that commit no mistakes. It seems that the western corporate media “forgot” how Mossad failed in its attempt to assassinate Khaled Meshaal in Jordan in 1997 and were caught by the Hamas leader’s bodyguards. In 2011, Hizbullah caught CIA operatives in Beirut after they compromised themselves by communicating with each other through phone text messaging, mostly about places where they would be meeting. CIA’s regular chosen spot was a Pizza Hut location in Beirut and their “code word” was Pizza.
Israel’s public reaction toward the announcement by Anonymous shows that their response has been very thoroughly weighed in order to create doubt about the claims. It is also important to note that the corporate media constantly states that Anonymous claimed to have gained access to 30,000 Mossad agents, which is unlikely because of the high number, while more independent media outlets quote Anonymous as saying that the 30,000 figure represents the total number of Israelis including Mossad agents. All of this points to the fact that Mossad did suffer a security breach. To what degree is hard to tell.