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UK denies being tipped off about Mossad assassination

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, Feb 19, IRNA -- Britain’s MI6 intelligence service was tipped off that Israeli agents were going to carry out an 'overseas operation' using fake UK passports, according to the country’s Daily Mail.

A member of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, said the Foreign Office was also told hours before a Hamas official was assassinated in Dubai last month, the newspaper reported Friday.

The tip-off did not say who the target would be or where it was going to be carried out but the claim was said to have come from a credible source that the government had some prior knowledge of the abuse of UK passports.

But the report was strenuously denied by the British Foreign Office. "Any suggestion that we knew anything about the murder in Dubai before it happened, including about the misuse of British passports, is completely untrue,” a Foreign Office spokesman said.

“As we have said already, the Dubai authorities told us about the role of British passports on 15 February, several hours before their press conference. We told them the following day that the passports used were fraudulent,” the spokesman told IRNA.

The Daily Mail said that the British security source who met the Mossad agent said the UK government was told “very, very briefly before the operation what was going to happen.”

“There was no British involvement and they didn't know the name of the target. But they were told these people were travelling on UK passports,” the source said.

On Thursday, Foreign Secretary David Miliband expressed his "outrage" at the use of forged British passports by the hit squad assassinated Mahmoud al-Mabhouh and despatched detectives to Dubai to investigate. But despite the expressions of outrage, Mossad ties are vital to British security and any severing of relations would prove detrimental to the country, according to the Times.

“The intelligence world is dirty and grey, and Britain, despite its attempts to be perceived as a moral force, has to play with the dirtiest to ensure that it can share information that is so crucial to maintaining a handle on enemies and potential enemies,” the daily said.

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