The Trump administration has concluded that Israel is responsible for the placement of cellphone surveillance equipment near the White House and at other sensitive locations in Washington, DC, Thursday.
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.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swiftly rejected the accusation as a “complete lie… Not a scintilla of truth.”
A former senior US official with knowledge of the matter said it was assumed that the devices were installed to spy on US President Donald Trump and his top aides, although it was unclear whether the attempt was successful. In contrast to other instances of foreign spying, Washington has declined to punish or rebuke Jerusalem on the matter, the report said.
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27 September, 2019