Belguim Security Services Accuse Israeli Telecoms of Spying

The Surete d’Etat, Belgium’s state intelligence service, suspects an Israeli telecoms company of having bugged the UK, Spanish, German, and French delegation offices in the Juste Lipse Building, where the Council of Europe meets. The affair is revealed in the latest report from the R Committee, which oversees Belgian intelligence. According to the report, the unnamed Israeli company installed the building’s translation facilities in the mid-1990s, and could have set up the listening devices at the same time. The devices were discovered in early 2003, but it was only years later, in 2008, that the Belgian intelligence service was allowed access to the investigation, which remains ongoing.