Meir Dagan: corporate spy

Meir Dagan: corporate spy

Former spy boss takes senior post in strategic intelligence firm

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

The late Mossad chief Meir Dagan (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
The late Mossad chief Meir Dagan (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Arcanum Global, an international strategic intelligence firm, hired three-term Mossad chief, Meir Dagan on Thursday.

According to a press release, Arcanum has hired the recently retired Mossad chief and former IDF general as a Senior Advisor, presumably for their Tel Aviv office. The international organization specializes in providing its customers with “customized and specific strategic and competitive intelligence, analysis and expert advice,” with offices in Washington D.C., London, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Zurich, New York, and Hong Kong.

Dagan served as head of the Israeli spy agency from 2002 until his retirement at the end of 2010. He was replaced by current Mossad chief Tamir Pardo. Since vacating the position, Dagan has worked as director of the Israel Port Authority and chairman of Gulliver Energy, Ltd., an Israeli oil and gas exploration company.

As of late, Dagan has become an outspoken opponent to an Israeli military strike on Iran. Last year, he denounced an Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear installations as a “stupid idea”. Months later, he said that an Israeli strike on Iran would result in regional war and would only push Iran further towards developing the bomb.

Dagan also recently founded a political party called “Yesh Sikui” aimed at large-scale electoral reform to “allow responsible governance, stable and responsive to the people”.

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