“The Spy Who Fell to Earth” by Dr Ahron Bregman
“Shortly after midday on 27 June 2007, a man plummets from his fifth-floor London flat. Did he jump or was he pushed?
He is identified as an Egyptian millionaire who has been living in the UK since the early 1990s. His name is Ashraf Marwan. But that is only part of the tale, for Marwan was also an international businessman and arms dealer, married to Mona Abdel Nasser, daughter of the legendary Egyptian President, Gamal Abdel Nasser.
A few years before, I blew Marwan’s cover, unmasking him as a top spy who had been working for Egypt’s biggest enemy – Israel. But there is a twist – one that even that even the most audacious writer of fiction might baulk at. Soon after I expose him, Marwan made contact. We met, became friends, and then kept in touch for almost five years.
The day before he plunges to his death, Marwan phones. He is anxious and shaken and he asks for an urgent face-to-face meeting. We schedule it for the next day. It never takes place. Around the time we are due to meet, Marwan’s body is found in the private rose garden below his flat in central London.
This is the story of what came to be known as “The Marwan Affair”, which shocked the public, and the intelligence community. It is based on diary notes; together with messages I sent Marwan over the years, they tell the inside story of my relationship with the spy some call the greatest secret agent of the twentieth century.”
– Dr Ahron Bregman
Image © Heathcliff O’Malley showing 24 Carlton House Terrace, London where Ashraf Marwan lived and later fell to his death
About the Author
Image © Murdo Macleod
DR AHRON (RONNIE) BREGMAN was born in 1958 in Israel, where he served in the army, reached the rank of captain and took part in the 1982 war in Lebanon. In the late 1980s, Dr Bregman left Israel in protest at the military’s violent suppression of the Palestinian uprising (the intifada) against the Israeli occupation and settled in the UK, where he completed a doctorate in War Studies.
Currently Dr Bregman teaches at King’s College London and lives in Kingston-upon-Thames.
Additional Titles by Dr Ahron Bregman:
“The Fifty Years War” (with Jihan el-Tahri), the companion book to a six-part BBC / PBS television documentary.
“Elusive Peace”, the companion book to a three-part BBC/PBS television documentary.
“Israel’s Wars, A History of Israel and Cursed Victory”.
In the news: December 2017: a one-documentary option deal closed with Salon Pictures, for more information – see here