#privacy: Israel accused of planting spying devices near White House

In a report, a former senior intelligence official has claimed that Israel is responsible for planting spying devices near the White House. 

According to a report from Politico, the placement of cell-phone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and in other sensitive locations across Washington, D.C., was most likely by Israel. 

The devices known as “StingRays” mimic regular cell towers to “fool cell phones into giving them their locations and identity information,” the report wrote. They can also gather information on the contents of calls and data use. 

The US government stated that the devices were most likely placed with the intentions of spying on President Donald Trump and his associates, and following a detailed forensic analysis, the FBI and other agencies are confident that Israeli agents were the ones behind the devices. 

A former senior intelligence official commented: “It was pretty clear that the Israeli’s were responsible.”

However the office of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the accusations, stating that it is a “blatant lie”. 

Elad Strohmayer, an Israeli Embassy Spokesperson said: “These allegations are absolute nonsense. Israel doesn’t conduct espionage operations in the United States, period.”

Although the FBI and other agencies stated that the Israeli’s were likely to be behind the spying devices, however the Trump administration have not taken action. 

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

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