The Mossad is known for exploiting every possible means of leveraging its power to penetrate target countries. I’ve written in the past about how it co-opts local Jewish communal leaders to assist in intelligence operations. It’s also known to employ successful Israeli entrepreneurs like Arnon Milchan and Haim Saban as agents of influence and more. Milchan in the 1960s was an active participant in a plot to steal U.S. uranium on behalf of Israel’s nuclear weapons program. Keep in mind that Iranians who engage in such activities today are arrested and thrown in prison. In 1960s America, Israeli agents acted with impunity and suffered no consequences. Due to the Lobby’s power or the need to retain alliances, several U.S. administrations preferred to look the other way. Saban has plotted to install pro-Israel legislators like Jane Harman as the head of a U.S. intelligence committees so she could be an asset within Congress.
Alumni of Israeli intelligence like Unit 8200 have been dragooned into Mossad assassination conspiracies like the one which murdered Mahmoud al Mabouh. The CEO of the Israeli-American company, Payoneer, aided the plot by facilitating financial transactions necessary to complete the task.
So it’s no accident that Unit 8200 is developing an international network of veteran’s groups. Ostensibly the purpose is to offer mutual aid in advancing careers and socializing. But you can be sure these entities offer rich fodder for the Mossad in its efforts to penetrate U.S. and other nations’ high tech companies and their products. Not to mention darker plots to eliminate Israeli “enemies” around the world. Imagine you’re a Mossad operative planning an assassination or penetration of a diplomatic or commercial target in various targets around the world. Where better to seek assets to assist you than this type of venue?
Clearly, there is no shame or discretion among these veterans about their past nor any sense that Americans should be wary of them and their potential for damaging American security. In fact, some of them have developed surveillance products used by the NSA. So I suppose our own spooks find some value in them. But if I were high-tech CEO I’d be highly dubious about employees who might be willingly recruited for freelance work on behalf of Israeli intelligence.
If there are any dissident Unit 8200 veterans out there, please be in touch.