Turkey frees bird accused of Mossad ties

Turkey released a bird it accused of working for Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency.

The bird was set free following an X-ray examination that determined it was not equipped with a microchip or other bugging device, the Hurriyet Turkish daily newspaper reported on July 26.

Turkish authorities had detained the bird after residents of the Altınavya village had become suspicious upon finding a metal ring around its leg stamped with the words “24311 Tel Avivunia Israel.”

The tag reportedly was placed on the bird to track migration routes. — jta