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20-07-2011, 10:50
wow sometimes truth is stranger than fiction...

NZ Prime Minister denies Christchurch earthquake victim was a Mossad agent

NEW Zealand Prime Minister John Key has denied that an Israeli man who died in February's devastating Christchurch earthquake was a Mossad agent.

However, Mr Key did confirm there had been an investigation by the nation's police and Security Intelligence Service (SIS) into four Israeli citizens in the wake of the earthquake, New Zealand broadcaster TV3 reported.

It comes as the Southland Times reported three Israelis were among the 181 people who died when the 6.3-magnitude shock hit on February 22.

One, Ofer Benyamin Mizrahi, 24, was reportedly carrying at least five passports.

The report claimed the police national computer system has been under investigation by the SIS since the earthquake, because of fears Israeli spies loaded software into the system that would allow access to intelligence files.

The report also highlighted a surge of top-level interest from Israel in the quake's aftermath.

Following the earthquake, Mr Key reportedly received four calls from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Soon after, Israel's civil defense chief traveled to Christchurch, while a complete Israeli urban search and rescue squad also scrambled to get there - at one stage being confronted by armed local police and forced out of a sealed-off section of the devastated city.

Three other Israelis, who had been traveling in a minivan with Mr Mizrahi, were quickly evacuated back to Israel.

After initially refusing to comment in detail on the matter, Mr Key confirmed that a police and SIS investigation was launched after the three Israeli survivors left the country in such a short time period.

But he said no evidence was found of a link between the group and Israeli intelligence.

"The government takes the security of New Zealand and New Zealanders very seriously. That's why the relevant agencies conducted a thorough investigation," Mr Key said.

"The unusual circumstances which triggered the investigation was the rapid departure from the country of the three surviving members of the group of Israelis in question.

"Security agencies conducted the investigation and found no evidence that the people were anything other than backpackers."

The Prime Minister said Mizrahi was found with two passports - one Israeli and one of European origin - contradicting The Southland Times' claim he had five.

The New Zealand Herald reported that Israeli Ambassador Shemi Tzur had dismissed the allegations as "science fiction."

"These were youngsters holidaying in your beautiful country ... we encourage our young people to visit New Zealand," Mr Tzur said.

New Zealand police issued a statement saying its computer systems and the information stored in them were secure.

Acting Chief Information Officer Murray Mitchell said: "These systems are regularly being updated and reviewed, and we are confident that our data and network were not compromised during the Christchurch Earthquake response or subsequently."

Political risk consultant Paul Buchanan, who has worked with intelligence officers in the US, suggested to news website stuff.co.nz that the four Israelis could have been on a "trolling mission" searching for identities they could steal.

"Because of New Zealand's international reputation the passports are extremely valuable for intelligence services," Mr Buchanan said.

"New Zealand has this reputation for independence and autonomy ... people trust New Zealand."

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/nz-prime-minister-denies-christchurch-earthquake-victim-was-a-mossad-agent/story-e6frfku0-1226098426843#ixzz1ScrEiM2l

20-07-2011, 11:29
Greenpeace and Rainbow Warrior! ;)

21-07-2011, 09:48
They loved to try and steal our passports in the past!!! think its just a muck up as the corner has not released his passport from the ongoing inquest.