Israel Spying White House, Trump Doesn’t Believe it; Russian Army Trains to Destroy Submarines

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Israel accused of planting mysterious spy devices near the White House

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.

US President Donald Trump said Thursday that he does not believe a report that Israel was likely behind the placement of devices in the vicinity of the White House that can capture cellphone calls.

“I don’t believe that, no, I don’t believe the Israelis were spying on us. I really would find that hard to believe,” Trump told reporters at the White House after being asked about the report.

“My relationship with Israel has been great,” Trump said, listing some of his pro-Israel accomplishments. “Anything is possible,” he conceded, “but I don’t believe it.”

Earlier Thursday a senior US official also denied the report.

The story “is completely false. Absolutely false. I checked,” Noga Tarnopolsky, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, quoted the senior administration official as saying.

Black Sea Fleet’s ships, aircraft train to destroy ‘enemy’ submarines at drills in Crimea

Ships of the Black Sea Fleet located in Crimea and marine aircraft trained to search and destroy submarines, the fleet’s information activities department said in a statement released on Thursday.

“The crews of the antisubmarine ships Muromets and Suzdalets of the Black Sea Fleet searched and destroyed an ‘enemy’ submarine in the Black Sea,” the report says.

The joint maneuvering and search for the submarine was carried out in cooperation with the anti-submarine helicopter Ka-27PL and the anti-submarine amphibian helicopter Be-12 from the marine aircraft and air defense units of the Black Sea Fleet.

It was noted that, using modern methods of searching for submarines and a non-conventional manner in cooperation with marine aircraft, the ships’ crews spotted and identified the “enemy” submarine. The submarine was “destroyed” with depth bombs while being followed.

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Source: TASS, Politico, The Times of Israel