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Benjamin Netanyahu has demanded that Israel's security agents be allowed to get on with the jobs, as Australia demanded an explanation over the jailing and apparent suicide of alleged Mossad spy Ben Zygier, dubbed 'Prisoner X'. As Australia launched an inquiry into the mysterious death, Mr Netanyahu warned that full disclosure could "badly damage" state security.
The so-called 'Prisoner X' case remains shrouded in mystery and has embarrassed Bob Carr, Australia's foreign minister, who was initially unaware his own department knew Israel had secretly tried and imprisoned the Australian-Israeli citizen.
Israel never acknowledged the prisoner's existence but issued a gagging order in 2010 to prevent details of the case being published. Media gagging orders in Israel are rare and issued in special cases concerning national security.
It said it had reason to believe Mr Zygier had been recruited by Mossad.
According to ABC's Foreign Correspondent programme, Ben Zygier was found hanged in a cell in late 2010, months after he was imprisoned, and his body flown to Melbourne for burial the following week. When the story about Prisoner X first emerged, Israeli media said the unidentified man was being held in isolation at Ayalon high-security prison in Ramle, central Israel. It said the prisoner was held incommunicado, receiving no visitors and without any contact with the outside world.