Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius Cites ‘Spies Against Armageddon,’ As He Unveils a Double-Cross Against the Mossad

The Washington Post columnist and accomplished spy novelist David Ignatius breaks some news about what intelligence officials would call “a mean double-cross” by Turkish intelligence against the Mossad.

He writes that the Turkish government furnished Iran with the identities of Iranian citizens who had meetings in Turkey with case officers (spy handlers) from the Mossad.

Ignatius’s latest column mentions the possibility that Prime Minister Recep Erdogan’s motive was the breakdown of relations — when Israeli naval commandoes carried out a sloppy raid on a Turkish protest ship headed for Gaza in 2010 — and the Israelis killed 9 Turkish civilians.

Ignatius also mentions our book, to give his readers some background to the clandestine relationship that for decades was positive and mutually fruitful:

The Israeli-Turkish intelligence alliance was launched in a secret meeting in August 1958 in Ankara between David Ben-Gurion, then Israel’s prime minister, and Adnan Menderes, then Turkey’s prime minister. “The concrete result was a formal but top-secret agreement for comprehensive cooperation” between the Mossad and Turkish intelligence, wrote Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman in their 2012 book, “Spies Against Armageddon.”

The groundwork had been laid secretly by Reuven Shiloah, the founding director of the Mossad, as part of what he called a “peripheral alliance strategy.” Through that partnership, Israelis provided training in espionage to the Turks and, ironically, also to Iranians under the shah’s government, which was toppled in 1979.

For the rest of Ignatius’s column: click here.

October 16, 2013

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