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Wed Jan 30, 2019, 10:12 PM

Reuters 1/30: Ex-NSA operatives reveal how they helped spy on targets for the Arab monarchy





Ex-NSA operatives reveal how they helped spy on targets for the Arab monarchy dissidents, rival leaders and journalists.


[link:https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-spying-raven/|


Two weeks after leaving her position as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. National Security Agency in 2014, Lori Stroud was in the Middle East working as a hacker for an Arab monarchy.

She had joined Project Raven, a clandestine team that included more than a dozen former U.S. intelligence operatives recruited to help the United Arab Emirates engage in surveillance of other governments, militants and human rights activists critical of the monarchy.

Stroud and her team, working from a converted mansion in Abu Dhabi known internally as the Villa, would use methods learned from a decade in the U.S intelligence community to help the UAE hack into the phones and computers of its enemies.

Stroud had been recruited by a Maryland cybersecurity contractor to help the Emiratis launch hacking operations, and for three years, she thrived in the job. But in 2016, the Emiratis moved Project Raven to a UAE cybersecurity firm named DarkMatter. Before long, Stroud and other Americans involved in the effort say they saw the mission cross a red line: targeting fellow Americans for surveillance.

I am working for a foreign intelligence agency who is targeting U.S. persons, she told Reuters. I am officially the bad kind of spy.


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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 10:17 PM

1. Glad to know our tax dollars are well spent

An NSA spokesman declined to comment on Raven. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. A spokeswoman for UAEs Ministry of Foreign Affairs declined to comment. The UAEs Embassy in Washington and a spokesman for its National Media Council did not respond to requests for comment

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Response to superpatriotman (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 10:36 PM

2. In what way?

You train an employee, and they leave.

You invested assuming a ROI, and sometimes you get it and sometimes you don't.

What they do after they leave isn't up to you any more than we argue that what an employee does with his/her money after receiving it is a matter for their employee to decide or judge.

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