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Mossad agents snuck nuclear files out of Iran with authorities ‘on their tails’
Times of Israel
Inside story of 'unprecedented' clandestine success
TV reports say Israel utilized expansive operational infrastructure on Iranian soil; PM's exposé said aimed chiefly at IAEA; unconfirmed report of mass arrests in Iran after breach.
By TOI staff
Agents of Israel’s spy agency Mossad smuggled hundreds of kilograms of paper and digital files on Iran’s clandestine nuclear weapons program out of the Islamic Republic with Iranian agents “on their tails,” Hadashot television news reported Tuesday night, based on briefings by Israeli officials.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed the operation Monday as he displayed the trove of documents in a presentation aimed at proving that Iran has lied about its covert atomic weapons program.
The operation required an expansive operational infrastructure within Iranian territory, Hadashot reported.
The warehouse storing the files was located in the Shorabad suburb in southern Tehran, in an industrial area. Mossad discovered the warehouse in February 2016, and had had the building under surveillance since then. Before arriving at the site, the secret archives had been moved by Iranian authorities several times in a bid to keep their whereabouts a secret.