More Spy News: Israeli Edition

Jul 2019
I don't know why Bibi would want to spy on his BFF

discovering other countries' spy devices isn't really new, however trump did not rebuke the Israeli government for their actions

Israel accused of planting mysterious spy devices near the White House

The U.S. government concluded within the last two years that Israel was most likely behind the placement of cell-phone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington, D.C., 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.
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Nov 2005
Israel was allegedly behind the Stingray spy devices discovered around Washington, D.C. in 2017, according to an explosive new report from Politico, which notes that they were primarily intended to spy on President Donald Trump and his associates. The Israeli government denies the charge, but Politico’s sources include at least three unnamed former U.S. officials who “served in top intelligence and national security posts.”

The U.S. government acknowledged in early 2018 that the Department of Homeland Security found illicit Stingrays near the White House and across other locations in Washington, but at that time no one knew who had planted the espionage devices. Stingrays are briefcase-sized electronics that spy on cellphones by mimicking cell towers, tricking smartphones into giving the Stingray installer a lot of information. Some Stingrays can even intercept calls by forcing the call onto 2G, which is unencrypted.

The Trump regime has reportedly not done anything about the alleged espionage on American soil, though it’s believed that U.S. intelligence agencies are routinely spying on the Israeli government as well.

From Politico:
One former senior intelligence official noted that after the FBI and other agencies concluded that the Israelis were most likely responsible for the devices, the Trump administration took no action to punish or even privately scold the Israeli government.
“The reaction ... was very different than it would have been in the last administration,” this person said. “With the current administration, there are a different set of calculations in regard to addressing this.”​
Stingrays, also known as IMSI catchers because they identify devices by International Mobile Subscriber Identity, are controversial as a law enforcement tool. Local police and federal authorities sometimes use Stingrays to track down suspects, though the legality of their use is still in question and agencies are reluctant to talk about them openly. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) used a Stingray device in Michigan to find and deport an undocumented immigrant, though ICE tries to deny that it uses Stingrays at all.

I deplore Stingray use by our government without a warrant. Whether a warrant is required is not consistent between the courts of our country.
The thing that gets me about this story is that even if somebody stood up and said "Yup! I planted those devices", is there any real consequence to the situation... Considering our government doesn't think a warrant is required, to me it seems like there might be no law broken...
Apr 2019
The Politico Israel Spying On Trump Story Is Nonsense - The Lid

Speaking of the Obama Administration’s hostility, were the “three former senior U.S. officials” with knowledge of the matter employees of the anti-Israel Obama administration? I wouldn’t be surprised to learn this was another claim made by John Brennan. or another member of the Obama administration. One of the people adding their opinion in the Politico article was another Obama employee
It is only done to hurt Trump's and Bibis relationship. A dirty trick, a lie, and full cooperation from a complicit media. In short, FAKE NEWS.

One of those three officials is now running the campaign for Bibi's opponent. Video at link explains it all.