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Murdered by the Mossad?

Dr. Gerald Bull was like a figure in a spy novel, designing arms for some of the world's harshest regimes. With no shortage of possible enemies, he died at the hands of an unknown assassin. But the Canadian-born artillery expert was also a brilliant scientist with a dream: to launch a satellite with a giant gun.

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It has been almost a year since Gerald Bull was assassinated outside his apartment in Brussels, and CBC's the fifth estate has been investigating the story. They've learned more about how Bull was assembling the Iraqi supergun. They've also found evidence that the Mossad, the secret service agency of the Israeli government, was behind the hit. Reporter Linden MacIntyre talks with Valerie Pringle of Midday about what he has learned.
• The Mossad (Hebrew for "institute") is Israel's intelligence agency and is based in Tel Aviv. It was formed in 1951 and employs an estimated 1,200 people.

• In the 1960s, a series of assassination attempts by the Mossad persuaded German scientists working on an Egyptian rocket program to stop their work.

• Project Babylon was Bull's last real chance to fulfill his dream to build a supergun and launch a satellite from it. In return for Iraq's support of this dream, Bull was working on an Iraqi missile system that would eventually be able to deliver a nuclear, chemical or biological weapon to targets in Israel. Some believe that this, and not the supergun, is why Israel could have been behind Bull's murder.

• Another theory is that Bull's killer may have been trained by Mossad but hired by another country -- possibly Iran.

• Bull's murder has never been solved. In early 2003, a Belgian newspaper reported that a Mossad hit man was seen with a piece of jewelry that had been taken from Bull at the time of his death. If true, this would be the first bit of hard evidence linking the Mossad to Bull's death.
Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: Feb. 12, 1991
Guest(s): Linden MacIntyre
Host: Ralph Benmergui, Valerie Pringle
Duration: 6:36

Last updated: October 24, 2014

Page consulted on October 24, 2014

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