Trump likely target of pricey ‘Sting Ray’ cell-phone surveillance devices found near White House

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The surveillance devices that were found placed around consequential Washington D.C. locations such as the White House were most likely put in place by Israel, according to the U.S. Government.

One former senior intelligence official didn’t mince words, telling Politico, “It was pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible.”

The FBI and other government agencies conducted forensic analysis of the devices, which are often called “StingRays” because of the way they snag location and identify information from cell phones.

The likely target of the devices is Donald Trump who has been known to be quite lax when it comes to security protocols. The New York Times reported in October 2018 that “When Trump Phones Friends, the Chinese and the Russians Listen and Learn.”

However, this newest discovery of spying on American soil has gone mostly unremarked on by Trump or anyone in his administration. There have been no consequences or rebukes issued to the Israeli government.

Elad Strohmayer, a spokesperson for the Israeli Embassy, adamantly denies that Israel is responsible and claims “Israel doesn’t conduct espionage” in the U.S.

Intelligence officials don’t buy Strohmayer’s story, however. According to one former official, the country can be quite “aggressive” in its efforts to protect themselves:

“The Israelis are pretty aggressive. They’re all about protecting the security of the Israeli state and they do whatever they feel they have to to achieve that objective.”

Surveillance efforts and spying in Washington is pretty commonplace, but there are not very many countries that can afford the StingRay devices as they start at about $150,000. So that’s another reason the fingers are pointing at Israel in this case.

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