Worldview: The mysterious death of 'Prisoner X,' Luigi Zingales quits his party and greening youth through biking

February 19, 2013

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Worldview: The mysterious death of "Prisoner X," Luigi Zingales quits his party and greening youth through biking

Worldview surveys the strange and fascinating story of Israel's "Prisoner X." The founder of a new political party in Italy explains why he quit the party just days before the election.

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"Prisoner X" was a Mossad agent  


Ben Zygier was a Mossad agent who killedhimself two years ago after being secretly held in Israel’s most secure prison.The Israeli government maintains that Zygier fed details about his missions toAustralian security services. The Israeli-Australian Zygier was known only as"Prisoner X" until a week ago, when Australian television identifiedhim and claimed that he worked as a spy. We’ll talk with blogger Richard Silversteinabout the strange twists and turns of the story.

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