An Iraninan nuclear scientist was spirited away to the U.S. from Tehran by British secret services, Israel's Mossad and the CIA, British media reported on Sunday.
The migrant crisis was used as a cover to get the Iranian to safety in the town of Lydd, the report said.
The 47-year-old nuclear technician, with information about Iran's nuclear program, was brought to the United Kingdom involving a 3,000-mile dash across Europe and a final 22-mile dinghy crossing across the Channel hidden among illegal Iranian immigrants.
If so, this is the latest example of the covert "war between wars" being waged between the Islamic Republic and the Jewish state, the latter of which has been implicated in the assassinations of at least four Iranian nuclear scientists and, in conjunction with Washington, is widely believed to have developed and deployed the Stuxnet computer virus that significantly impeded Tehran's atomic program at the beginning of the decade.
In details first reported by the Mail on Sunday, Israeli Mossad agents helped the technician out of Iran to Turkey, from where he joined a flurry of other Iranians making their way across Europe to Calais.
A source told the Express: "This wasn't without its challenges".
Germany, France, and Britain - which signed the nuclear deal along with the United States, Russia, and China - have been working hard to keep the accord alive after Trump announced in May he would withdraw from the deal and reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
England reportedly did not want to be seen as assisting the scientist, since it is still a signatory to the Iran nuclear deal. We couldn't simply fly him in. "Though unusual, it was determined infiltrating him into a group of fellow migrants preparing to cross the Channel by boat offered one solution", the source said.
"For our part, we were reassured during our interviews Iran seems to be sticking by the terms of the JCPOA".
The plan focuses on areas not targeted by USA sanctions and in the beginning centers "on the sectors most essential to the Iranian population - such as pharmaceutical, medical devices, and agri-food goods", foreign ministers from the three countries said.