Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Deadly Capers

World's Greatest Spy Capers

By Katie Paul

From the moment Mahmoud al-Mabhouh stepped off a plane in Dubai on Jan. 20, his killers—probably from Israel’s Mossad—had him in their sights. Al-Mabhouh, a senior Hamas official who had arrived from Damascus allegedly to arrange an arms shipment to Gaza, perished hours later in his room at the Al Bustan Rotana hotel, electrocuted and strangled by the seven men who were waiting for him after a day following him around Dubai. The assassins covered their tracks well. They flew in from Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, and Zurich on forged passports. They wore disguises. They switched hotels multiple times. They carried cell phones but never called each other directly.

But they were being watched, and now the video of their exploits is available online. What remains is an old-fashioned international mystery, reminiscent of the notorious glory days of the CIA and MI6 from a half century ago. Even then, some of the cleverest, sneakiest, and strangest spy games were sometimes undone—by small mistakes, good counterintelligence, or dumb luck. To put the current caper in context, here are some of NEWSWEEK’s favorite real-life espionage thrillers of yore (the ones we know about, anyway).Read more...


SM said...


Yes, very "cloak & dagger-ish"! They have not proven that it was the "Mossad" that did it BUT then again it probably was!
Maybe one day we will also find out who really "got rid" of Altantunya & TBH? ;)

eddy said...

The Mossad is a great spy agency for Israel Bro, it has its ups and down throughout its history though.

A good book to read about the Mossad is "Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad" by Gordon Thomas. Please read it if you have not, thoroughly enjoyable, facts are certainly more fantastic then fiction. I would not be surprised that the assassination is Mossad's handiwork.

SM said...


Can we get that book in Msia? I heard about it but never had the chance to get it from our Book stores.

eddy said...

Bro SM, I bought the book a couple of years back in Kinokuniya at Suria KLCC in KL. Maybe you can contact Kinokuniya or MPH,order and have them sent the book to you. Otherwise try to order online, probably faster, see:'s+spies+the+secret+history+of+the+mossad+updated+for+2007&sprefix=Gideon's+spies