Best MV Arctic Sea Conspiracy Yet!
Now the story is really getting into Tom Clancy stuff. From the always reliable Russian Media (wink, wink), we get a tale of the Israeli Mossad, Iranian weapons, and Pirates! Via the Media Line:
The mystery surrounding the hijacking of a Russian freighter in July has taken a new twist with reports claiming the pirates were acting in league with the Israeli Mossad secret service in order to halt a shipment of modern weapon systems hidden on board and destined for Iran…
The Russian newspaper Pravda’s website reported that the ship had been smuggling cruise missiles to Iran on a well-worn path via Algeria, but a “power that has relations with Ukraine” had prevented this.
The Novaya Gazeta reported that the hijackers had been operating on behalf of the Mossad. It also reported that the motive for the visit to Moscow by Israel’s President Shimon Peres the day after the Russians recaptured the vessel had been an urgent request to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev to refrain from supplying Iran with weapons.
Israeli officials dismissed the reports as “classical conspiracy theories,” but defense experts noted that Israel has a record of hijacking foreign vessels bearing arms to its enemies.
I like this theory better than my own from last week. It would explain alot about what was the secret cargo, which according to the Moscow Times was “not timber and not from Finland, that necessitated some major work on the ship”.