Israel denies claims it planted spying devices near the White House

Israel accused of planting spying devices near White House

"It was pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible", a former senior intelligence official was quoted as saying.

"Israel doesn't conduct espionage operations in the United States, period", Elad Strohmayer told Politico.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew on Thursday to the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, where he met with.

Krebs noted that use by foreign governments of ISMI-catchers in Washington "may threaten USA national and economic security".

The miniature surveillance devices, known as "StingRays", mimic regular mobile phone towers to fool mobile phones into giving them their locations and identity information, they also can capture the contents of calls and data use.

"There is a longstanding commitment, and a directive from the Israeli government not to engage in any intelligence operations in the U.S. This directive is strictly enforced without exception", Netanyahu's office added in Thursday's statement.

It sure looks it, according to a new report in Politico.

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Israel's foreign minister, Yisrael Katz, also denied the report, saying, "Israel does not manage any espionage operations in the U.S.". "The U.S. and Israel share a lot of intelligence information and work together to prevent threats and strengthen the security of both countries".

Suspicious activity near cellphone towers in Washington was first reported in 2017, raising concerns that government officials could be the targets of espionage by a foreign entity.

Politico, citing a trio of former United States officials, said that Team Trump did not rebuke the Israelis, and that there were no consequences for the country's behavior. As part of the questionable Russian Federation collusion probe, former Obama-era national security adviser Susan Rice reportedly unmasked senior members of Trump's presidential campaign. "I find that hard to believe".

Israel has been very careful about this issue since the exposure of Jonathan Pollard, a former US Navy analyst who relayed information to Israel, over 30 years ago. He was freed in 2015 by President Barack Obama, but his fate continues be a source of discomfort for Israelis, with the United States continuing to refuse his request to immigrate to Israel.

The U.S. and Israel are extremely close allies, and that relationship has grown closer since President Trump took office.

In 2006, former US Department of Defense employee Lawrence Franklin received a 13-year prison sentence for passing classified documents on US policy towards Iran to Israel.

According to the article, "the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies" were convinced Israel was behind the intelligence operation.

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