Israeli intelligence agents were probably behind the location of surveillance devices near the White House, the US intelligence reportedly ended.
Politico reported Thursday that US investigators had determined that Israel was probably the culprit responsible for placing StingRay phone trackers near the White House, with the obvious purpose of capturing information from phones used by President Trump Donald John Trump. Only Congress can end Chinese trade war defense Trump blasts Bolton: "He made some very big mistakes" Trump is seeking ban on flavored e-cigarettes MER or top aide in the White House.
Three former US senior officials told the news outlet that Israel was suspected.
A spokesman for the Israeli embassy in the United States called the charges leveled by U.S. officials "nonsense," and disputed the idea that Israel is conducting surveillance operations in the United States
"These charges are absolute nonsense. Israel does not engage in espionage in the United States, period," Elad Strohmayer to Politico.
An analysis by the FBI and other agencies concluded that Israel was the culprit, according to the Politico report.
"It was pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible," an official told Politico.
Whether the Trump administration will take public action or rob Israel of intrusion is another matter and is unclear to date. The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill on Thursday.
"The reaction … was much different than it would have been in the last administration," another official added to Politico. "With the current administration, there is another set of calculations to address this."
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