Tzipi Livni Was a Spy in Paris
Israeli leader-in-waiting served in elite Mossad spying unit
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2008 6:43 AM CDT
Israel's Foreign Minister and newly elected Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni arrives at the first party session in Petah Tikva, Israel, Friday, Sept. 19, 2008.    (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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(Newser) – The woman set to be Israel's next prime minister started her career as an elite Mossad agent in Paris, the Times of London reports. Tzipi Livni was part of a covert cell in the city during the early '80s, when it was a hotspot in the spy agency's battle with Palestinian militants and with those helping Saddam Hussein get nuclear technology.

Livni—like any good spy—has stayed tight-lipped about her role with the agency, but sources say her job would have put her in mortal danger. Some experts believe she was part of a unit that poisoned an Iraqi nuclear scientist in 1983. A former director of Mossad said Livni had been a very promising agent and that her experience will prove invaluable in her new role.