Al-Jazeera Obtains Confidential Spy Cables from MI6, Mossad and the FSB

In what some are calling the “largest intelligence leak since Snowden” Al-Jazeera has obtained hundreds of confidential files from some of the world’s most well-known intelligence agencies. They are calling the leaked information “Spy Cables.”

The Spy Cables

No American intelligence agencies appear to be included in the leak, but major agencies such as Britain’s MI6, Israel’s Mossad, South African’s SSA, Australian’s ASIO and the Russian FSB are. Al-Jazeera has claimed that the files contain names, personal details and pseudonyms of active foreign spies for dozens of agencies.

Over the next coming months, Al-Jazeera’s Investigative Unit will be publishing “The Spy Cables” in collaboration with The Guardian. The Documents date from 2006 to December 2014 and will be redacted before publication.

“After verifying the cables, we had to consider whether the publication of each document served the public interest, in consultation with industry experts, lawyers, and our partners at The Guardian. Regardless of any advice received, the decision to publish has been Al Jazeera’s alone.“ – Al-Jazeera

The Spy Cables will reportedly disclose:

  • Israel’s Mossad told its allies that Iran was not working to produce nuclear weapons a month after the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that they were close to a year from being able to do so
  • The CIA made attempts to contact Hamas despite listing the group as a “terrorist organization.”
  • MI6 sought the help of South Africa to help recruit a North Korean official.

Unlike the Snowden documents that focus on the NSA and electronic signals intelligence, the Spy Cables focus on human intelligence. While little is known about the content of the leaked files, it’s believed much of the information will be on the day to day activities of these agencies. This includes spies filling out paperwork, complaints directed towards HR or simply invitations for liaison meetings between agencies.

The nature of these files will give us a rare glimpse into the daily lives of spies and those who work in intelligence agencies.

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