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
Tzipi Livni Was a Spy in Paris
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)

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.
(Read more Mossad stories.)

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