Israeli spy agency Mossad unsuccessfully tried to kill Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein using an exploding book, according to a new report.
The book bomb, was sent to Hussein in the late 1970’s, according to a new Israeli documentary about the Mossad called “Sealed Lips.” It was detonated after the notoriously paranoid Iraqi dictator had an underling open the package in another room. The official was killed and Hussein survived until December 30, 2006, when he found guilty of “crimes against humanity” by an American-backed tribunal and hung to death.
Brigadier-General Tzuri Sagi, the mastermind of the alleged operation, told filmmakers the device was prepared by an Israeli bombmaker identified only as “Natan.”
The Mossad has also used letter bombs in an attempt to kill Nazi Alois Brunner, Adolf Eichmann’s right-hand man in the Holocaust. Two attempts to assassinate Brunner using this method partially blinded him, and removed several of his fingers.
The film reveals the book bomb attempt for the first time. The Mossad attempted to take out Hussein two other times, in 1992 and later in 1999.