Courtesy of Politico:
The U.S. government concluded within the past two years that Israel was most likely behind the placement of cellphone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington, 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.
The miniature surveillance devices, colloquially known as “StingRays,” mimic regular cell towers to fool cellphones into giving them their locations and identity information. Formally called international mobile subscriber identity-catchers or IMSI-catchers, they also can capture the contents of calls and data use.
The devices were likely intended to spy on President Donald Trump, one of the former officials said, as well as his top aides and closest associates — though it’s not clear whether the Israeli efforts were successful.
The first logical question to ask is why would an American ally feel the need to spy on the White House and DC politicians.
After all Netanyahu and Trump could not kiss each others ass any harder without blowing out a blood vessel.
Shit Trump would tell Netanyahu any damn thing he wanted to hear, even if it was top secret.
Which makes me think the devices were set up to gather embarrassing information on those in the White House, including Trump himself, and other movers and shakers in the area.
For what purpose you ask? Well for blackmail purposes of course.
Of course when told about this Trump refused to believe it was true.
Trump on today’s report of suspected Israeli surveillance: “I don’t think the Israelis are spying on us. I really would find that hard to believe.”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 12, 2019
If Iran, China, or even France were caught doing this Trump would be losing his shit all over Twitter right now.
In fact that only countries that could likely get away with this after being caught are Israel, North Korea, and of course Russia.
And what does that tell you?