Turkish intelligence officers uncover Mossad cell in Europe
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    REGION  14 June 2024 - 19:02

    The Turkish National Intelligence Organisation has uncovered agents of the Israeli  Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations Mossad who conducting surveillance in Türkiye and Europe.

    Owner of the insurance company Ahmet Ersin Tumlucali was the leader of the spy cell, according to Ahaber.

    The spies dealt with surveillance and photographing certain individuals in Germany, Türkiye, Georgia and Lebanon upon the Israeli intelligence officers’ instructions.

    Tumlucali also held meetings with Mossad coordinators in various European countries, and received 300,000 euros ($320,000) for his work.

    Earlier this year, Turkish counterintelligence officers arrested 40 people suspected of working for Mossad in Türkiye.

    Earlier, Türkiye’s National Intelligence Organisation has busted a family of Turkish spies working for the Israeli intelligence service Mossad in Germany, Georgia and Türkiye.

    Turkish authorities arrested Ahmet Ersin Tumlucalı, a private detective, in April for leading a Mossad cell of eight operatives, including his wife Benan Tumlucalı, stepdaughter Dila Sultan Simsek, son Erkan Tumlucalı and sister-in-law Berna Cetin.

    Tumlucalı’s spy ring is accused of following and photographing foreign nationals on behalf of Mossad in an ongoing investigation at the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office of Istanbul.

    Six suspects in the cell are charged with collecting secret state information for political or military espionage, while two others were released on probation. Another suspect of Lebanese origin is still at large.

    Türkiye’s National Intelligence Organisation pursued Tumlucalı and his accomplices in Germany, Georgia, Türkiye and Lebanon before capturing them in an operation in Istanbul.

    It was the first time the agency busted a spy network operating in Europe and marked an increasing crackdown on foreign intelligence operations in Türkiye, too.

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