Israel barred spyware sale to Ukraine fearing Russian wrath

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Israel prevented Ukraine from purchasing Israeli spyware to avoid angering ally Russia amid Moscow’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, The Guardian and The Washington Post revealed. Israel allegedly blocked the sale of the NSO Group’s sophisticated hacking tool Pegasus to Kyiv, who sources say have requested a licence to use the tool since 2019, according to a joint investigation by the dailies. “Policy decisions regarding export controls take into account security and strategic considerations, which include adherence to international arrangements,” the Israeli defence ministry told the newspapers. …

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