A new report sheds light on how Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency acquired secret documents pertaining to Iran’s nuclear program. It reveals Mossad agents monitored a Tehran warehouse containing the nuclear documents for a year before launching a previously disclosed raid in January.
The raid yielded a massive haul of intelligence: about 50,000 pages and 163 compact discs, according to the New York Post. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in April that the documents "proved Iran had been holding onto information from its ostensibly defunct nuclear research program, signaling its aspiration to resume its research."
Mossad agents had just over six hours to infiltrate the warehouse, cut through dozens of safes, extract the documents, and exit the city, according to officials who relaying details of the raid to the New York Times. Several papers shown to reporters contain clear evidence that Iran had worked in the past to make atomic weapons.
"The papers show these guys were working on nuclear bombs," said one former inspector for International Atomic Energy Agency.