I suspect that issuing a press release condemning Russia or China every time the NSO Group do something to hit the press headlines may start to wear a bit thin after a while.
NSO are alleged by some to be sock puppets for Israeli intelligence.Just to cut through the inevitable clouds of FUD around this issue - who actually wrote the code?
From my reading, the NSO group are based in Tel Aviv and the two lead developers are Israeli?
Is it even remotely conceivable that they have released ANY product without a firm nod from the NSA at Fort Meade?
Um, yes.Is it even remotely conceivable that they have released ANY product without a firm nod from the NSA at Fort Meade?
It is hugely in the US interests that Israel and the Sunni Arab states (broadly the GCC) play nicely together, and have the Shia Iran/Syria/Russia axis as their primary military and intelligence adversary. As such NSO type defence contracts are a big win for US interests.Not talking about capability - I'm talking about politics.
But as you say, even without Trump in the White House Israel is perfectly happy to carve its own path without let or hindrance from their main global ally.
What will be interesting in this affair is to see the extent to which the current U.S administration just shrugs and says:
'Nothing to see here.'