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Former head British spook says Israeli intelligence couldn’t be trusted

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Here is a very important piece in today’s Ha’aretz quoting former British MI6 head Sir Richard Dearlove saying that his service did not trust the Israelis because they “play by different rules.” This sentiment is shared in the U.S. intelligence community too. The Israelis are among the most “aggressive” services operating against us (See this GAO report on foreign intelligence activities in the ’90s; Israel is Country B, right up there with the People’s Republic of China), and they pursue their own agenda. The reason that there is so much opposition to Jonathan Pollard’s release, for example, is that there is a widespread belief in the community that the Israelis transferred some of the Pollard intelligence on the U.S. Navy to the Soviets in exchange for the release of Soviet Jews. (See Seymour Hersh’s piece, “Why Pollard Should Never Be Released (The Traitor)” The New Yorker Magazine, January 18, 1999, pp. 26-33)

Michael Desch

Michael Desch is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He was the founding Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs and the first holder of the Robert M. Gates Chair in Intelligence and National Security Decision-Making at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University from 2004 through 2008.

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