Fears that Israel tapped SA mobile phones

2015-02-24 20:05
Al Jazeera Spy Cables

Al Jazeera Spy Cables

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Cape Town - South African intelligence chiefs expressed concern that Israeli spies were tapping South African cellphones, leaked spy cables reveal.

The leaked documents form part of a cache of hundreds of secret intelligence cables from around the world which were obtained by Al Jazeera.

South African agents wrote in a 2009 document that they suspected that Israel's secret service, Mossad, was using Israeli software giant Amdocs to eavesdrop on mobile phone conversations and gather data.

According to the cable, Amdocs was suspected of being used as a front company. Its main customers include Telkom SA and Cell-C.

"The implications are serious," an agent wrote in a 2009 secret intelligence assessment of Israel.

The document also reveals that Amdocs faced similar allegations of eavesdropping in the US, but was cleared by the CIA, FBI and NSA.

For more on the spy cables, click here or visit Al Jazeera.

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