Former Mossad intelligence director Yossi Cohen is suspected of sharing classified information with a flight attendant with whom he had close personal contact for the past two years, Channel 13 reported Monday night.
A complaint has been filed with the Ministry of Justice, which is under review by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, the report said.
Cohen flatly denied the allegations, telling the network, “There is no flight attendant, there is no close relationship, the attorney general has not contacted me” about the complaint.
Cohen was criticized last month for an interview in which the ex-espionage master said his agency blew up Iran’s underground centrifuge facility in Natanz, and detailed the 2018 operation in which Mossad stole Iran’s nuclear archives from vaults in a warehouse. in Tehran, confirmed that assassinated Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh had been in Mossad’s crosshairs for years, saying the regime must understand that Israel means what it says when it promises to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.
The interview, which appeared to be the most revealing ever given by a Mossad chief so soon after his active duty ended, aired after Cohen ended his term as chief of the spy agency on June 1 and was succeeded by David Barnea. .
Known as “the model” within Mossad, Cohen had an unusually public personality for an Israeli spy chief, even as he oversaw operations against Iran’s nuclear program and helped direct Israel’s clandestine ties to Arab countries.
Cohen, appointed by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has said he does not rule out becoming prime minister one day, although he had no such ambition in mind at the moment.