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        5/7/2013, Iyar 27, 5773

      Did Prisoner X Sabotage Mission to Rescue MIAs?


      First it was revealed he may or may not have committed suicide in an Israeli prison. Then it was reported that he may or may not have been a secret double agent. And now, Ben Zygier may or may not have sabotaged a government rescue mission to retrieve Israeli MIAs. The case of the man formerly known as Prisoner X took a new turn on Tuesday. Australian media interviewed a Lebanese man named Ziad Al Homsi who claimed that Zygier sabotaged a covert operation to rescue Zachary Baumel, Yehuda Katz and Tzvi Feldman, Israeli soldiers who went missing in action at the battle of Sultan Yacoub near the Lebanese border in 1982. It is possible Zygier did not intend to sabotage the mission but nevertheless revealed sensitive information to the wrong people.

      It was revealed in February that Zygier had died in 2010 in an unmarked Israeli jail cell. He was born in Australia and became an Israeli citizen after which he worked for the Israeli Mossad, according to most accounts. There has yet to be a definitive announcement on the case.