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Israel blasts report it planted spy devices near White House as 'fake news spiced with anti-Semitism'
Current and former Israeli officials are pushing back hard Thursday on an explosive report claiming their country planted spy devices near the White House and other locations in Washington, D.C., calling it “fake news spiced with anti-Semitism” and “absolute nonsense.”
The exposé from Politico, based on interviews with former senior U.S. officials familiar with the matter, stated that the government believes Israel planted cellphone surveillance devices in the nation’s capital over the past few years. The U.S., following a forensic analysis, determined that agents from Israel most likely brought them here, it added.
“It was pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible,” a former senior intelligence official told Politico.
Amos Yadlin, the former head of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate, reportedly posted on Twitter that the Politico story is "fake news spiced with anti-Semitism” and that for decades, Israel has banned spying on the U.S.
A Haaretz reporter traveling with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also attributed his office as calling the news a "blatant lie." Like Yadlin’s comments, the office said the Israeli government has a directive not to engage in intelligence operations on U.S. soil.
The report alleges Israel planted small devices that mimic the actions of cellphone towers, tricking phones into handing over their locations, call contents and data use.
One of the officials who spoke to Politico said the forensic analysis of the devices – which was carried out by the FBI and other relevant agencies – focused on “where the parts and pieces [came] from, how old are they” and “who had access to them.” The U.S. government’s conclusion that Israel planted the devices was made sometime between 2018 and now, the report also said.
Our "allies" spying on us is disgusting if true. If they are spying are they really our "allies"?
Blunt truth is that all countries spy on other countries, even those considered "allies".
Remember when Merkel got her nose bent out of joint because she found the USA was listening in on her telephone calls? Oh, the German media was all over that! Somehow, though, they are less apt to report on the activities of the "German NSA" at a place called Bad Aibling ...
Prior to coming to DHS, he was a member of Microsoft’s U.S. Government Affairs team as the Director for Cybersecurity Policy, where he led Microsoft’s U.S. policy work on cybersecurity and technology issues.
First, this information is being brought to us by THREE FORMER intelligence officials. As far as we know, these could be officials who have already been fired.
Nothing new, IMO
WHO IS TRACKING D.C. CELL PHONES? HOMELAND SECURITY CONFIRMS FINDING SURVEILLANCE DEVICES IN WASHINGTON
An undisclosed number of surveillance devices known as "Stingrays"—used to track and intercept smartphone communications by posing as legitimate cell towers—are suspected to be in operation across Washington D.C., leading to fears foreign governments are using them to snoop on the capitol.
For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages.
That said, they're allegations... The media and society are allowed to discuss allegations of something (that's happened before) without it being discriminatory or bigoted.
I think the timing is to distract from focusing on Islamic issues in the Middle East.
this isn't a new issue; the perp being revealed is the only new part
Yeah, I hear you about this kind of thing being galling. All relations between countries are basically void of anything like real friendship. Even with countries like the U.K., any deals we set up are strictly quid pro quo. There is -never- anything like, "gee, we see you're good guys, so this one is a freebie" ... everyone wants their cut.
originally posted by: CriticalStinker
a reply to: shooterbrody
Stingrays have been known to be operating in DC for some time. We also have known that no domestic LEO was claiming it was theirs, leaving it to be operated by the CIA, rogue actors, or foreign actor(s).