You can’t trust anyone, not even your “closest ally” in the world.
That’s the lesson everybody must take away from the bombshell revelation that Israel spied on President Trump for two years, using cellphone surveillance devices.
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The U.S. government concluded within the past two years that Israel was most likely behind the placement of cellphone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington, according to three former senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter.
But unlike most other occasions when flagrant incidents of foreign spying have been discovered on American soil, the Trump administration did not rebuke the Israeli government, and there were no consequences for Israel’s behavior, one of the former officials said. [Politico]
The devices that Israel used are called “StingRays” and they look like an average cellphone tower. What the StringRay does is “trick” cellphones into giving up information, including the contents of calls.
The miniature surveillance devices, colloquially known as “StingRays,” mimic regular cell towers to fool cellphones into giving them their locations and identity information. Formally called international mobile subscriber identity-catchers or IMSI-catchers, they also can capture the contents of calls and data use.
The devices were likely intended to spy on President Donald Trump, one of the former officials said, as well as his top aides and closest associates — though it’s not clear whether the Israeli efforts were successful. [Politico]
According to experts and senior officials, it was “obvious” that it was the work of the Israelis. “It was pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible,” said a former senior intelligence official.
Israel has obviously denied the allegation, and claims they don’t conduct any spying within the United States.
Based on a detailed forensic analysis, the FBI and other agencies working on the case felt confident that Israeli agents had placed the devices, according to the former officials, several of whom served in top intelligence and national security posts. [Politico]
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