Art sellers or Mossad spies? — in Utah.

ABC report: Wild speculation after Utah residents claim Israeli ‘art students’ selling paintings asked suspicious questions about national security site

ynetnews.com 10-2-2010

Thousands of young Israelis wander about the US selling products in malls, manning moving trucks, or peddling more or less fake paintings from door to door. But this weekend the ABC television network noted claims that some such Israelis hadn’t gone to the US to make money, but to garner security information as part of their work in the intelligence services. Nothing has been proven, but in Utah, the panic is spreading.

In Saratoga Springs, in northern Utah, there were complains that these art peddlers were asking strange questions that had nothing to do with their sales pitch. Some residents said they were asked about the new National Security Agency’s data center being built at Camp Williams.

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The sellers claimed they were Israeli art students selling their work to raise money for a gallery. Some even presented legitimate Israeli passports.

Blogs and even church newsletters were rife with speculation, refuting the assertions of the “art students.” One even claimed that state law enforcement agencies had already begun investigating the students for links to organized crime or terror groups.

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