An updated from Andrew Bolt:
The Dubai police statement issued Wednesday included a striking detail:Â two of the new suspects, identified as Nicole Sandra McCabe and Adam Marcus Korman and carrying Australian passports, left Dubai on a ship bound for Iran.
Odd place for Israeli agents to choose to hide. If I were Rudd, I’d go just a bit easy on blaming Israel until we learn more.
And doesn’t this sound an extremely large operation for a secret service keen to leave minimal traces:
The new suspects carried Irish, British, French and Australian passports, and they bring the size of the assassination team to 26, including six women, police officials in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, said in a written statement.
And doesn’t this sound rather Inspector Plod for Mossad:
The Dubai police have made public extensive video surveillance showing the suspects tracking Mr. Mabhouh at the airport and at his hotel, sometimes even donning wigs and posing as tennis-playing tourists, rackets in hand, as they followed Mr. Mabhouh.
But Robert Baer, a former CIA operative,Â dismisses such objections, yet still seems mystified himself:
Why were identities stolen from people living in Israel? Why didn’t they just kill Mr. Mabhouh in a dark alley, one assassin with a pistol with a silencer? Or why at least didn’t they all cover their faces with baseball caps so that the closed-circuit TV cameras did not have a clean view?
The truth is that Mr. Mabhouh’s assassination was conducted according to the bookâ€”a military operation in which the environment is completely controlled by the assassins. At least 25 people are needed to carry off something like this. You need “eyes on” the target 24 hours a day to ensure that when the time comes he is alone. You need coverage of the police…
I can only speculate about where exactly the hit went wrong. But I would guess the assassins failed to account for the marked advance in technology. Not only were there closed-circuit TV cameras in the hotel where Mr. Mabhouh was assassinated and at the airport, but Dubai has at its fingertips the best security consultants in the world…
Not completely understanding advances in technology may be one explanation for the assassins nonchalantly exposing their faces to the closed-circuit TV cameras, one female assassin even smiling at one. They mistook Dubai 2010 for Paris 1992, and never thought it would all be tied together in a neat bow. But there is no good explanation why Israel, if indeed it was behind the assassination, underestimated the technology.
And not many of the alleged assassins seem Arab or Iranian, actually: