Israel ‘stole thousands of Brit IDs’

Airline staff working for secret service may have copied passports, chiefs fear

28/03/2010

SECURITY chiefs fear thousands of British passports have been copied by airline staff working for the Israeli secret service Mossad.

Britons flying to Israel have been targeted for months and their documents cloned, MI6 believe.

It follows an investigation into how copies of documents belonging to British people were used in the January assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas, in Dubai. On Tuesday, Britain expelled an Israeli diplomat believed to be Mossad’s top agent operating here.

And the Foreign Office this week held top level talks on whether to issue a warning against travelling with certain airlines.

Senior cops are also concerned about security searches carried out on British officials attending a terrorism conference in Israel last September.

A source revealed: “It was said to be routine but the searches did not apply to all nations.

“There is now a real concern that some of these high-ranking officers and officials have also had documents cloned.”

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