Remember when that Israeli hit team assassinated a high-ranking member of Hamas in Dubai last January using fake French passports? Well, GQ has a huge investigative piece that reveals the same team tried to kill him previously (with poison), but failed.
The article, written by Ronen Bergman, an Israeli investigative journalist and author, leaves no question that Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency was behind the attack. The agency’s code name for al-Mabhouh was Plasma Screen.
Most of the details in the article have been previously reported, but the piece does add some new information.
Israeli spies, for example, had been monitoring al-Mabhouh’s e-mail and online activities via a Trojan horse planted on his computer, and therefore knew when he’d be arriving in Dubai, according to Bergman. They did not, however, know which hotel he’d be staying at, which forced the well-prepared hit squad to improvise a bit.
It’s easy to forget now, but that was the intriguing political story to kick off 2010. Well, next to the Haiti Earthquake.