New light was thrown on United States spying on Israel by a WikiLeaks disclosure that CIA agents are taught how to circumvent security screening at Ben Gurion International Airport.
An internal CIA document contained detailed instructions to agents for avoiding intensive secondary screening when entering or leaving Israel, Haaretz reported on Monday.
The document, titled “CIA Assessment on Surviving Secondary Screening at Airports While Maintaining Cover,”
dated September 2011, has a long list of guidelines for operatives using false identities.
“Secondary screening — a potentially lengthy and detailed look by airport officials at passengers not passing initial scrutiny — can significantly stress the identities of operational travelers,” it reads.
“Referral to secondary screening can occur if irregularities or questions arise during any stage of airport processing — immigration, customs, or security — and regardless of whether the traveler is arriving, in transit, or departing. Officials may also randomly select travelers.”
Ben Gurion was one of the airports cited as being particularly thorough.
The document offers reasons that could lead to a secondary screening:
“Israel’s security personnel focus on frequent travel to Islamic countries,” the document says. “Security personnel at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, commonly refer military-aged males traveling alone with backpacks to secondary screening, regardless of their nationality or skin color.”