The Mossad operation to collect information about Iran’s nuclear weapons program nearly came to a bad end, an Israeli news agency reports.
By World Israel News Staff
Mossad operatives, who made off with 55,000 documents exposing Iran’s secret plans to develop atomic warheads for their ballistic missiles, were nearly caught, Hadashot News reported Tuesday.
Another revelation in the report is that President Donald Trump was notified about the complex and dangerous operation ahead of time. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told him about it when they met at Davos, Switzerland.
According to Hadashot, Israel briefed the U.S. about the operation in order to obtain its backing should things go south during its implementation.
The stunning intelligence operation netted a total of 110,000 documents (half in digital form on compact discs). The Mossad lifted the information, weighing half-a-ton, by working between guard shifts and through the night at the “dilapidated warehouse” where they were being held and then spiriting them out of the country in a single night.
“The nuclear deal is based on lies. It’s based on Iranian lies and Iranian deception,” Netanyahu said, revealing key elements from the secret documents in a televised presentation from the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv on April 30.
Netanyahu stood in front of a large screen with images projected behind him. Next to the screen was a bookshelf containing file binders and next to that a display case with CDs.
Just over a week later, Trump announced he was exiting the Iran deal. Trump referred to the evidence obtained by Israel in his address declaring his intention to put a stop to a deal he said he intended to leave while still on the campaign trail.