Ali Mansouri was arrested earlier this month at Ben-Gurion Airport leaving the country, heading for a European destination. Mansouri, 55, entered the country on a Belgian passport under the name of Alex Mans and said he was a businessman, the Shin Bet said.
During his stay in Israel, he allegedly attempted to establish business ties in Tel Aviv. When arrested he had in his possession many photos of himself as well as the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and other sites in the country that interested the Iranian intelligence, the Shin Bet said.
Mansouri was reportedly asked to compile intelligence information on U.S interests and other Israeli sites in Israel in preparation for attacks, the Shin Bet said.
In 2006, Mansouri received Belgian citizenship and changed his name to hide his Iranian identity, the Shin Bet said. He returned to Iran a year later where he continued developing business ties between Iran,Turkey and Belgium and lived in the three countries for different periods of time.
He was asked by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in 2012 to operate in Israel on their behalf, the Shin Bet said. The Revolutionary Guards paid him the sum of $1 million to fund his activities.
Mansouri visited Israel a number of times in 2012 and 2013, but details of the trips were not released by the Shin Bet. His latest visit began on Sept.6 and ended with his arrest at the airport on Sept.11.
He has reportedly revealed details of the Revolutionary Guards operatives he was in contact with and how he communicated with them, the Shin Bet said.
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