JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office on Tuesday called an emergency meeting of the nation’s top news media editors and owners to ask them to refrain from publishing a story it said would be “very embarrassing to a certain government agency,’’ according to a report in Haaretz newspaper.
The story is believed to involve the mysterious arrest and death in 2010 of a man dubbed by Israeli news outlets as Prisoner X, who was said to have been held in isolation in a prison south of Tel Aviv.
Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Tuesday identified the man as Jewish Australian citizen Ben Zygier, 34, of Melbourne. The network's report said Zygier, who moved to Israel and used the name Ben Alon, had been recruited by Israel’s spy agency Mossad.
But for unknown reasons, he ran afoul of the agency and was arrested in 2010, according to ABC’s “Foreign Correspondent” program. He was held in solitary confinement in a high-security facility and was found hanged in his cell in December 2010, ABC reported.