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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The other 'Munich'

This is a very interesting read. Fact-checking by those who were on the 'job'.

A pocketful of receipts helped blow the lid off Israel's most notorious intelligence bungle.

It was in 1973, after spies dispatched to Norway killed a waiter mistaken for the Palestinian mastermind of a raid on the previous year's Munich Olympics where 11 Israeli athletes died.

The assassins might have got away, except that one of them was not a trained member of Israel's spy agency Mossad but a Danish-born volunteer brought aboard for his language skills.

Hoping to recoup expenses, he had kept his receipts. Once detained by Norwegian police, he provided a paper trail that led to the capture and prosecution for murder of the rest of team.

So when director Steven Spielberg, in his new film on the post-Munich reprisals, showed a Mossad case officer ordering agents to hoard receipts while in deep cover abroad, eyebrows were raised among veterans of the intelligence service.

"It's an absurd version of the modus operandi," former field agent Gad Shimron said when asked about the thriller "Munich."

"Agents are expected to account for their expenses, but not if it means incurring the risk of discovery. They can just as easily declare their expenses from memory when they return home, and it's accepted on trust," he told Reuters.

That is just one of a list of complaints made about "Munich" by those with direct knowledge of the Israeli reprisal campaign.
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