WEST BANK (Dispatches) – An spy firm owned by a former Zionist army espionage officer has supplied surveillance equipment to a Sudanese militia accused of committing war crimes, an investigation has found.
According to an investigative report by Lighthouse Reports, in collaboration with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and the Greek outlet Inside Story, the firm named Intellexa transferred high-end phone surveillance equipment to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, in May this year by a Cessna private jet.
The investigation, citing three independent sources, found that the phone-hacking equipment was supplied to the Rapid Support Forces militia, infamous for its war crimes in the western Darfur region and its suppression of protests following the overthrow of long-time ruler, Omar al-Bashir.
The militia is led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who reportedly spent two days in the occupied territories last year in order to discuss the ongoing establishment of relations and warming ties between the occupying regime and Khartoum.
The private jet and its transfer of the equipment was identified by journalists through a selfie uploaded by an Intellexa engineer to social media. Flight records then linked the plane to Tal Dilian – a former senior military intelligence officer – and his colleagues, including a prominent figure named Merom Harpaz.
Currently living in Cyprus, Dilian founded Intellexa in 2019 as a shadowy conglomerate of surveillance tech companies, some of which have been targeted and investigated by authorities in various countries over alleged violations.
Stating in October last year that it provides “covert mass collection” and systems “to access target devices and networks” via Wi-Fi and wireless networks, the firm’s tools are reportedly used by various law enforcement and spy agencies for counter-terrorism purposes and to combat financial fraud.
Although it claims it is regulated by the European Union (EU), the firm is reportedly far more dangerous than other Zionist surveillance companies, such as the infamous NSO Group with its globally-distributed spyware. Due to its lack of official presence in the occupied territories and the fact it has no listed location of headquarters, Intellexa is not bound by the occupying regime’s restrictions.