Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Victor John Ostrovsky is an author and former case officer for the Israeli Mossad (foreign intelligence service). He authored two non-fiction books about his service with the Mossad: By Way of Deception (a New York Times No. 1 bestseller in 1990), and The Other Side of Deception several years later. He also authored two novels, Lion of Judah and Black Ghosts, as well as several screenplays.
In 1982, Ostrovsky was recruited by the Mossad and trained at the Mossad Academy north of Tel Aviv as a katsa (case officer). He claims that as a Mossad cadet he experienced more action, terror and physical assault in two and a half years of training than many Special Forces soldiers will have in a career
In 1990, he published By Way of Deception to draw attention to the corruption and shortcomings he witnessed in the Mossad. Ostrovsky has repeatedly argued that intelligence-gathering agencies must be permitted certain operational freedoms, but that significantly increased governmental oversight of espionage activities is necessary. Without effective oversight, he has said, the Mossad cannot achieve its full potential and value.