The Mossad coordinated with British and American intelligence agents in smuggling a nuclear scientist out of Iran to safety in the west, according to British news sources on Sunday.
The Israeli intelligence agency worked with the British MI6 and the CIA to take the scientist to Britain via Turkey and France, and then on to the U.S., the reports said.
According to the Sunday Express, they took advantage of the flow of migrants to Europe in order to transport him on a dinghy on December 31, to the town of Lydd in Kent, U.K. The 47-year-old scientist and 12 other Iranians crossed the English Channel in the inflatable boat, sources told the paper.
The Mossad reportedly escorted him from Iran to Turkey, and after questioning he was transferred MI6 to continue his journey.
“This wasn’t without its challenges,” a source said. “His absence was noted quickly, and we were informed that a special unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had been dispatched.”
“Once in France, the question of how to get him into Britain remained. We couldn’t simply fly him in,” the source said. “Though unusual, it was determined that infiltrating him into a group of fellow migrants preparing to cross the Channel by boat offered a solution.”
After another round of questioning, he was flown to the U.S.
The scientist reportedly had assisted in the 2012 assassination of another Iranian nuclear scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan. The Mossad has been suspected of being behind the assassination.
Israel has never confirmed or denied the allegations.