Germany provided passwords to mossad
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Report: Germany provided passports to Mossad agents
By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondents
The German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has provided the Mossad espionage agency with German passports used for carrying out missions in the Middle East, the German newspaper Koelner Stadtanzeiger reported Saturday.
The paper quoted a former senior official in the German intelligence service as saying that Mossad agents used German passports for undercover operations in Middle Eastern countries, which he did not name.
A spokesman for the BND confirmed that his organization is cooperating with the Mossad, but refused to respond to the reported information that the organization supplied the Mossad with passports.
The Mossad and the German intelligence service have been cooperating since the 1950s, and according to previous reports published on the matter, the German intelligence service had supplied the Mossad with passports and other documents.
The report comes in the wake of two affairs in which Mossad agents had been caught using or trying to use foreign passports. The first was the 1996 attempt to assassinate Hamas leader Khaled Meshal in Jordan, in which the agents used Canadian passports. In the second affair in 2004 Mossad agents tried to get hold of a local passport in New Zealand.
However, in the current report the German intelligence service provided the passports of its own will and as part of the cooperation between Israel and Germany, in contrast to the previous incidents in which the Mossad tried to get hold of the passports illegally and without the authorization of the countries involved.