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    Israel accused of planting spying devices near White House

    12 Sep 2019

    Israel is likely to have planted mobile phone spying devices near the White House and other sensitive locations in the US capital over the past two years, according to a report from Politico that cited three former US officials.

    The miniature surveillance devices mimic telecommunications towers to gather information, including the contents of phone calls. The US government concluded Israeli operatives were most likely to have put them in place to spy on Donald Trump and his associates, the news website reported.

    The office of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, rejected the accusations as a “blatant lie”, saying the country had a longstanding commitment “not to engage in any intelligence operations in the US​”​.

    In the article, one of the three former intelligence and national security officials, none of whom were identified, said the Trump administration – which describes itself as the most pro-Israel US government in history – did not rebuke its ally.

    “The reaction … was very different than it would have been in the last [Obama] administration,” one former senior intelligence official was quoted as saying. “With the current administration, there are a different set of calculations in regard to addressing this.”

    The Guardian was unable to immediately verify the report, which has emerged as Netanyahu fights for political survival before elections next week.

    It said the FBI and other agencies used detailed forensic analysis of the devices, known as StingRays, to link them to Israeli agents. “It was pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible,” a former senior intelligence official was quoted as saying.

    The Israeli embassy spokesman in Washington, Elad Strohmayer, further denied the accusations, saying: “These allegations are absolute nonsense. Israel doesn’t conduct espionage operations in the United States, period.” The White House, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the US Secret Service did not comment, Politico said.

    Netanyahu was in Sochi on Thursday for talks with Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, which have been interpreted in Israel as a last-minute attempt to win over Russian-speaking Israeli voters.

    The prime minister has launched an aggressive campaign to woo the minority of 1 million people, running ads in Russian and erecting a giant poster of him and Putin on his Likud party’s Tel Aviv headquarters.

    Netanyahu has also been shoring up nationalist voters with fiery language and hardline promises.

    On Tuesday, he announced that he would annex up to one-third of the occupied West Bank if he won re-election, drawing condemnation from the Palestinians, Arab countries, the UN and the EU.

    On Thursday, Facebook said it had imposed sanctions on Netanyahu’s page because of a violation of the company’s hate speech policy. It said it had suspended the page’s bot – or automated chat function – for 24 hours.

    Netanyahu’s page had called on voters to prevent the establishment of a government composed of “Arabs who want to destroy us all – women, children and men”, causing uproar from opposition politicians. Netanyahu denied writing the post, blaming a staffer.

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    Israel has no need to plant spy devices since Trump and Bibi have a good relationship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    Israel has no need to plant spy devices since Trump and Bibi have a good relationship.
    So who planted them?

    That's the important question.
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    I'm pretty sure, classified information isn't discussed via cell phone anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    Israel has no need to plant spy devices since Trump and Bibi have a good relationship.
    Early on apparently relations were not same as today. To the point that some Far Right supporters lately have claimed to be betrayed by his strong pro Israel now but there is no proof of him being blackmailed by Jewish groups as claimed in some shocking conpiracy theories by some Far Right folks like PA Synagogue shooter were pushed.

    Below Foxnews report on Israeli spying in US came out during Bush era, based on your argumen't premise can it be concluded that CUFI Evangelical Christians supported Bush and Israel did not have good relations?
    AIPAC espionage scandal also happened during Bush years I think.

    Early reporting can be incomplete or foggy, let's wait till all the facts come out in more reliable US MSM outlets like CNN, MSNBC.

    From other thread:

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    It may sound fishy but it's still possible that all these were coincidences:

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    Jerry George, 63, was found dead around 2 a.m. only a few blocks from home.
    “The police told me that he hit his head,” said John Toia, George’s husband of 11 years.
    Toia said the coroner had not yet established a definitive cause of death, but George’s wallet and cellphone were still with him when he was discovered by police, who responded to a 911 call about a man down on a street.

    Jeffery Epstein suicided in jail last night

    Anthony Bourdain‏ Verified account @Bourdain
    There’s a nauseating symmetry: both Trump and Weinstein used AMI(Enquirer) and Black Cube (Israeli private Intel) to do their dirty work
    4:38 PM - 6 May 2018

    Anthony Bourdain's death: No narcotics in his system at time of death, official says
    USA TODAY Published June 22, 2018
    CNN reported on June 8 that Bourdain's friend chef Eric Ripert found him unresponsive in his hotel room in Kaysersberg, located in the eastern region of Alsace, close to the German border. Bourdain, 61, was there shooting footage for his CNN show "Parts Unknown."


    Former head of the Mossad has joined controversial Israeli spy firm Black Cube

    By Adam Pasick November 11, 2018
    Efraim Halevy, the former head of Israeli spy agency Mossad, has joined the board of Black Cube, the private intelligence company that was hired to find dirt on Harvey Weinstein’s #MeToo accusers and former members of the Obama administration.
    The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow revealed the operation against Rhodes and Kahl, which was reportedly initiated by associates of Donald Trump in an attempt to discredit the Iran nuclear deal. Black Cube was also hired by David Boies, then the lawyer for Weinstein, to use undercover operatives to discredit Annabella Sciorra, Rose McGowan, and other actresses accusing him of sexual assault.
    US federal prosecutors are investigating whether Weinstein’s hiring of Black Cube violated wire fraud laws, according to the Wall Street Journal (paywall). The firm was recommended to Weinstein by former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak.

    Two American billionaires and their shady deals with Israeli intelligence

    9 Aug 2019
    Sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and mercenary Erik Prince enjoy strong ties to the Israeli intelligence industry, while cutting sensitive business deals with Russia, China and the US

    Ties between the United States and Israel are set to experience deep turbulence as a recently jailed figure face suspicions for working with Israeli intelligence.
    The last time this took place, Jonathan Pollard, former US intelligence analyst, was found guilty of spying for Israel and providing it with top-secret information, leading to a life sentence under the Espionage Act.
    Jeffery Epstein was arrested on July 6 for the sex trafficking of minors within the US.
    The billionaire shared the same personal network that included Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, infamous Blackwater founder Erik Prince, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, UAE Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.
    US President Donald Trump previously referred to Epstein as a “terrific guy”.
    But this isn’t the first time Epstein has been charged for underage sex crimes.
    Between 2002 and 2005, according to a federal indictment, Epstein paid dozens of girls and young women to take part in sex acts with him at his residences in New York and Florida.

    In 2007 and 2008, the FBI readied a 53-page indictment to bring him down on sex charges, which was brought to a standstill when he was offered a plea deal with US Attorney Alexander Acosta.
    The deal, which remains a state secret, put Epstein in jail for 13 months, but left him able to leave six days a week, for up to 12 hours a day, to work.
    Acosta would later be named labour secretary by Trump; and has since resigned his position.


    Harvey Weinstein paid ex-spies and private detectives to find dirt on accusers and journalists
    Nov 7, 2017 - The once powerful producer Weinstein paid private security agencies to ... officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies, Farrow reported. ... officer of American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer.

    Coulter turns on MAGA's Labor Sec Acosta in Epstein case; cites ‘Blackmail Material’

    Jeff Bezos Claims the National Enquirer Tried to Blackmail Him With Nude Selfie

    President's son-in-law Kushner accused of trying to blackmail MSNBC's Joe Scarborough
    On Friday, MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough made the explosive claim that three of President Donald Trump’s most senior White House aides “warned” the couple that the tabloid The National Enquirer would publish dirt on them unless they “begged” the president to intervene.
    The story in question, published by the Enquirer early this month and headlined “Joe & Mika: TV Couple’s Sleazy Cheating Scandal,” claimed that the Morning Joe co-hosts had “started hooking up while married to other people” and “used ironclad divorce deals to keep their dirty secret!”

    Worry at NSA that Kushner gave away the store to Israel
    April 3, 2018 by Wayne Madsen
    There are increasing worries that Donald Trump’s special adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, specifically requested Top Secret intelligence files to pass gleaned information to Israeli intelligence.

    Trump says it's time for US to recognize 'Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights'

    Top-neocon reverses course, says Trump's ‘most pro-Israel president ever’

    Video: Frmr Israeli Ambassador suddenly can't hear when asked about Israel's spying on Kerry

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