The Spy Who Spilled the Beans

Israel tries -- and fails -- to prevent publication of a former Mossad agent's book, creating an explosive best seller

Mossad, the Israeli spy service, still commands high respect for its intelligence operations, even if it no longer enjoys the reputation of its early days. But one thing that has changed not at all is its aversion to publicity. Last week Israel went to extraordinary -- and unsuccessful -- lengths to prevent the U.S. publication of a book by a former agent that claims to reveal the service's secrets. In the process, it turned a somewhat dubious book that would probably have been of interest only to intelligence buffs into a best seller, while giving front-page publicity to some of its...

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