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A key witness in the investigation into President Donald Trump‘s alleged collusion with Russia has fled the country, <a href=”http://DailyMail.com” rel=”nofollow”>DailyMail.com</a> can disclose.

Convicted pedophile George Nader was allegedly both a paid adviser for the United Arab Emirates and had close ties to the Trump administration.

He met Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon in Trump Tower just before the inauguration at a meeting they held with the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates.

Nader was thrust into the limelight after being interviewed twice by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into Russian meddling in the US election and collusion with the Trump campaign team.

Now <a href=”http://DailyMail.com” rel=”nofollow”>DailyMail.com</a> can reveal he has flown back to the UAE, according to two sources close to the country’s de-facto ruler Mohammed bin Zayed, who is known by his initials ‘MBZ.

The revelation comes just days after Nader was revealed to be a convicted pedophile.

George Nader, who was allegedly both a paid adviser for the United Arab Emirates and had close ties to the Trump administration, has flown back to the UAE

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George Nader (left), who was allegedly both a paid adviser for the United Arab Emirates and had close ties to the Trump administration, has flown back to the UAE. Sources close to the country’s de-facto ruler Mohammed bin Zayed (right), known by his initials ‘MBZ’, revealed that Nader had fled the United States

Meeting: Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner's Trump Tower meeting with MBZ in December 2016 has been a focus for Robert Mueller - and George Nader who was present and may have helped broker it had been co-operating with the special counsel probe

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Meeting: Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner’s Trump Tower meeting with MBZ in December 2016 has been a focus for Robert Mueller – and George Nader who was present and may have helped broker it had been co-operating with the special counsel probe

The Lebanese-born adviser was first stopped when he flew into Washington in January on his way to visit Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and served with a subpoena.

Investigators seized his phone and he was hauled in front of Mueller’s team, with whom – his lawyer has said – he has been cooperating.

Mueller is focusing on two meetings. The first is a December 2016 meeting Nader is believed to have organized at Trump Tower involving Kushner, Bannon met MBZ.

The meeting raised concerns in the Obama administration because the plan for MBZ to meet the Trump transition was never disclosed to the White House or State Department in a breach of protocol for meetings with foreign leader.

They only became aware of it when his name was spotted on a passenger manifest.

Investigators are also interested in a January 2017 meeting he was present at and may have helped organize in the Seychelles, attended by billionaire Blackwater founder Erik Prince – whose sister is education secretary Betsy DeVos – and Zayed.

During the visit, Prince also met with Kirill Dmitriev, a Russian oligarch who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mueller is investigating whether Nader helped steer money to help Trump politically, the New York Times reported earlier this month.

But a source close to Zayed has said that Nader has now fled to the UAE after the Emirati prince pulled strings with US officials to secure his freedom to move.

‘George Nader left the US. Where is he now? He fled,’ said the source.

‘He can run but he can’t hide. There’s a subpoena. His whole file is in Mueller’s hands now, everything.’

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A second source close to the Emirati royal family said Zayed is keen to know what Mueller asked his top adviser.

‘George is back in the UAE, though I thought he’d be too scared to go there,’ said the source. ‘The fact that he’s gone back there means he’s obviously not worried. But MBZ is going to want to see him and know what he told the special counsel.’

Nader is understood to have helped broker a meeting in the Seychelles last year just days before Trump’s inauguration, between infamous mercenary firm Blackwater founder Erik Prince, Russian banker and friend of Putin Kirill Dmitriev, and two top UAE officials.

Prince claims the meeting was set up in the Seychelles to discuss counter-terrorism efforts with the Emiratis – despite the security contractor already living in Abu Dhabi near to Zayed, his ministers and advisers.

Prince also told congress that he met Dmitriev there in a bar by chance.

But Nader is understood to have told the special counsel that the meeting was in fact brokered by the UAE to set up a back channel between Trump and Putin.

Nader’s lawyer issued a statement to <a href=”http://DailyMail.com” rel=”nofollow”>DailyMail.com</a> claiming our story was ‘clearly fabricated and flat out untrue’.

But the attorney and his spokeswoman declined to say what elements were untrue in any form and also refused to discuss his future travel plans.

The intrigue surrounding Nader intensified this month, when it emerged he is a convicted pedophile who had been found guilty in both the U.S. and Europe.

A Czech Republic court sentenced him to a year in prison in 2003 for ten cases of sexually abusing minors between 1999 and 2002.

In one case, Nader asked for oral sex from a 14-year-old boy in a hotel room at the Hilton in Prague.

Investigators are interested in a January 2017 meeting he reportedly helped organize in the Seychelles (pictured), the South Pacific island nation, attended by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and Zayed

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Prince (pictured) claims the meeting was set up in the Seychelles to discuss counter-terrorism efforts with the Emiratis – despite the security contractor already living in Abu Dhabi near to Zayed, his ministers and advisers

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During the visit, Prince also met with Kirill Dmitriev (pictured), a Russian investment manager who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin

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Prince (pictured) claims the meeting was set up in the Seychelles to discuss counter-terrorism efforts with the Emiratis – despite the security contractor already living in Abu Dhabi near to Zayed, his ministers and advisers

When the boy refused, Nader masturbated in front of him and paid him 2,000 koruna, equivalent to around $100 today, a court official told the Associated Press.

Politico then revealed he was convicted in 1986 in  a federal court in Northern Virginia in 1991 on a felony charge of transporting sexually explicit materials in foreign commerce – importing child pornography from overseas.

He also had a 1986 charge of importing from magazines depicting nude boys from the Netherlands dismissed on a technicality.

The political adviser’s lawyer, Sandeep Savla, suggested details of his past had been leaked on purpose to intimidate his client.

‘This is nothing more than an orchestrated, disgusting scheme by those who are trying to intimidate Mr. Nader into silence. It won’t work,’ he said. ‘Mr. Nader will continue to answer truthfully questions put to him by the special counsel.’

Despite working as a paid adviser to Zayed, according to sources close to the Emirati prince, Nader became close to the Trump administration, has described himself as ‘best friends’ with former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, sources told <a href=”http://DailyMail.com” rel=”nofollow”>DailyMail.com</a>.

Axios reported that he frequently visited Bannon in his White House office.

The political operative even had access to information coming from the Oval Office itself according to leaked documents.

Top Trump donor Elliott Broidy wrote Nader a detailed memo of a private meeting with the president in the White House which was later leaked.

In the memo, Broidy said he lobbied Trump to increase military cooperation with the UAE and fire secretary of state Rex Tillerson.

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Hillary Clinton 2016 fainting at 9/11 ceremony AND Israeli private “behavior modification” spy firmsIS THERE A CONNECTION?!

Is this what Joel Zamel got paid $2M for, among the other services? 

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These portable devices, especially if they are custom made or modified, could be disguised easily as the balky professional optic video recording equipment (they look like regular optic devices), and as such they are very easy to aim directly at the targeted victim in the plain public view, without arousing any suspicions. 

Were the effects of this hypothetical operation assessed statistically, with regard to Hillary’s poll numbers at that time? No, they were not. And they should be. This occurrence might have the same significance as the October 28, 2016 Letter and the NYTimes article about no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion about 1 week prior to the Election Day. 


FBI, are you going to investigate this? Or are you going just to disregard this, as always? 


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“Gates first heard about Psy-Group from Birnbaum a few days after joining the Trump campaign, according to the New York Times report.

The Trump campaign apparently did not express interest in the proposals, and it is unclear whether the activities would have fallen afoul of US laws prohibiting foreign interference in elections, the report said.

According to a New York Times report in May, the company was told by an American law firm that its activities would be illegal if non-Americans were involved.

While Gates ultimately rejected the proposals, according to the report, Psy-Group head Zamel apparently outlined the idea to Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. at a August 3, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan.”

M.N.: Note the date: 5 weeks before 9/11 2016 ceremony, the ideal time to meet in person and to finalize all the arrangements including the payments. 

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No, China Hasn’t Built A Laser Assault Rifle That Can ‘Carbonize’ People

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In August 2016, Zamel met with former Blackwater founder Erik Prince, Donald Trump Jr., and Nader to discuss ideas that could potentially help Trump win the election. During that meeting, as first reported by the Times and later confirmed by The Daily Beast, Nader told the room that the crown princes of both Saudi Arabia and the UAE were eager to help Trump win the election.

Zamel, through his lawyer, has previously denied pitching an official plan for the campaign or working with campaign members. Two other sources close to the Trump team said they did not believe Zamel, or Psy Group, carried out an official cybercampaign. But according to The New Yorker, Zamel told Nader after the election, “Here’s the work that we did to help get Trump elected.”

Nader’s payment of $2 million after the election went through to Zamel. Exactly what for—that’s unknown. The ultimate beneficiary could offer clues.

Lawyers for Zamel—a self-styled Mark Zuckerberg of the national-security world—have previously refused to say how much of a stake he held in Psy Group and therefore how much controlling power he had over the company. But records obtained by The Daily Beast show Zamel is a director of the company that owns Psy.

Furthermore, documents reviewed by The Daily Beast and interviews with individuals familiar with Psy Group’s financial structure lay bare a complex web of companies with connections to Zamel that point to Salix.

“It’s how Joel holds his shares,” one former Psy Group employee told The Daily Beast. “They set up trusts and provide nominee services to… shield beneficial owners from their holdings. It’s completely legal.”

Psy Group, registered as Invop in Israel, has its ownership obscured by a series of offshore companies. In June 2018, after the company’s name surfaced in the Mueller investigation, employees asked an Israeli court to liquidate the company and financial records revealed that all of Psy Group’s shares were owned by a Cyprus-registered company known as IOCO Limited. Former Psy Group employees also told The Daily Beast that IOCO was “just another name for Psy.”

Since its creation in 2014, IOCO’s shares have been owned by a handful of companies registered to post-office boxes in the British Virgin Islands. Bank records show that ownership of IOCO changed hands on a roughly annual basis through a rotating cast of anonymous offshore companies.

There are few hints about who owns the handful of companies that hold IOCO’s shares, but at least one of the companies listed as a former IOCO owner has links back to Salix.

Leaked documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca show that a company named Cornell Enterprises SA was at one point a shareholder of Prime Nominees Limited, IOCO’s sole shareholder from late 2015 through mid-2016. Salix is listed in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ Panama Papers as an intermediary of Cornell, and Cornell shared an address with Salix in Zurich, Switzerland.

Protexer Limited, another former owner of IOCO, is listed as a subsidiary of the Trident Trust Company (Cyprus) Ltd., which currently serves as a secretary on the board of IOCO.

IOCO appears to have fallen on hard times itself. In December, the company announced a voluntary liquidation by its creditors scheduled for January 2019.

Meanwhile, former Psy Group employees believe they’ve been “cleared” by law enforcement in the U.S., they told the Daily Beast, and do not expect to face more questioning. Zamel appears to still be operating his other major global consulting firm, Wikistrat, which holds contracts with the U.S. government.

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Psy-Group sister company controlled by Russian billionaire

by Scott Stedman • June 26, 2018

A month-long investigation into the corporate structure of the private intelligence company that met with Donald Trump Jr., Erik Prince, and George Nader in the middle of the 2016 election campaign has revealed that a sister company of Psy-Group is controlled by a Russian billionaire.

The shadowy CEO of Psy-Group, Joel Zamel, met with the Trump representatives in August 2016 to pitch his social media strategy to the campaign. The Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported that Nader paid Zamel a fee of up to $2 million after Trump was elected, allegedly for an unrelated venture in which a different Zamel-connected company created a presentation demonstrating the impact of social media campaigns on Trump’s victory. A lawyer for Zamel has denied that anything came from the Trump Tower meeting.

“Not only are you treading over ground that has been well traversed by others to no avail, but your facts are also wrong. You’re chasing ghosts,” Mark Mukasey, Zamel’s attorney said.

Subsidiary of Psy-Group’s parent company controlled by Russian billionaire

As previously reported, Psy-Group’s parent company is registered in the British Virgin Islands, called Protexer Limited. New details about this parent company have been uncovered in recent days, with all roads leading back to Russia.

An analysis of one of the other subsidiary companies of Protexer, MGTM Financial Services Limited has revealed that it is controlled by the Metropol Group in Moscow, a multi-billion dollar Russian consortium. A preliminary investigation into Protexer’s four other subsidiaries is still underway.

A 2016 Disclosure and Market Discipline Report prepared by MGTM confirms that “[t]he company is under the common control of Metropol Group that operates in such sectors as stock brokering, asset management, consulting, commercial banking, non-financial investing, mining, setting up industrial holdings, real estate and running a network of tour agencies”

Additionally, the MGTM website was registered by a Metropol employee, and the two original Directors of MGTM were Metropol’s COO and head of debt instruments.

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By enabling governments to hack their citizens’ phones, an Israeli cyber security firm has arguably made the world more dangerous for human rights activists fighting against corporate and state impunity

As smartphones have proliferated over the past few years and become indispensable communication tools for all of us, startups dedicated to hacking these phones on behalf of governments – including military, intelligence and police departments – have also multiplied.

Clients of these startups use the new technology to surveil criminals and terrorists in order to detect and disrupt their plans. That’s a legitimate use. But there are others that are much more lucrative for the companies – and much less palatable for open societies.

Take the example Emirati human rights activist, Ahmed Mansoor. In August 2016, he received a phishing message appearing to originate from a legitimate source. But he was suspicious and immediately sent his phone to the University of Toronto’s Citizen’s Lab for forensic analysis.

According to that analysis, it appeared that the Emirati authorities had purchased Pegasus, the most powerful commercially available malware programmes ever created and sold by Israeli company NSO Group.

If Mansoor had opened the link, it would have taken over his phone and given police access not only to everything on his phone (e-mails, contacts and text messages, for example) but also to the camera, video and audio capabilities. Police would have heard and seen everything he did and be able to anticipate his every action.

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In a related 2016 case, UAE authorities also employed Pegasus in a phishing attempt targeting MEE journalist Rory Donaghy, who reported critically about the abuses of the country’s autocratic regime. In the midst of an investigation of this attack, Citizen Lab discovered that 1,100 activists and journalists in the kingdom had been similarly targeted and that the government paid NSO Group $600,000 in these attempts.

While a commercial product, Pegasus – like several other similar spyware products now on the market – is clearly also a political tool enabling autocratic regimes to spy on their own citizens.

In fact, I’d go even further and say that Pegasus is often used as an offensive cyber-weapon used by the world’s elite to protect their interests and hinder the legitimate oversight of NGOs and other activist communities. 

“The government buys [the technology] and can use it however they want,” Bill Marczak, a researcher with Citizen Lab, which has analysed several surveillance campaigns that it says were conducted with Pegasus, told HuffPost.

“They’re basically digital arms merchants.”

In recent weeks, the private equity group that owns NSO Group, which is now valued at $1bn, has been shopping the company around, raising major questions among digital rights activists about whether a new investor will curb the alleged use of the company’s spyware by governments against political dissidents and activists.

From army to tech

There are several firms making this type of malware in various countries, but some of the most successful are in Israel.

This is mainly a result of the Israeli Army’s SIGINT Unit 8200, the largest unit in the Israeli army, which monitors, intercepts and spies on Israel’s enemies in the Middle East and throughout the world.

Its officers receive the most sophisticated training in signals intelligence and use, and create the most advanced technology to do so. When they leave active duty, they find the tech world open to them. They can land lucrative jobs with major companies or use the expertise they acquire in the army to found their own startups.

Some of the most successful include Waze, Wix, Taboola, NICE Systems, Amdocs, Onavo (purchased by Facebook for $150m), Checkpoint, Mirabilis and Verint.

The phones of Mexican political, human rights and anti-corruption activists who were investigating possible crimes committed by the government and its agents were infected with Pegasus

Many of the projects involve cyber security, since that is what Unit 8200 is set up to defeat in its efforts to intercept the communications of Israeli enemy forces. Some ventures focus on protecting cyber security. Those are the good guys, or white hats in hacker terminology.

But others continue along the lines that Unit 8200 hackers pursued during service: they are designed to defeat the security features of various systems.

Perhaps the most successful of these companies is Herziliya-based NSO Group, whose corporate motto is “make the world a safer place”. But the company has arguably made the world much more dangerous for a wide range of human rights and political activists fighting against corporate and government impunity.

Billion-dollar vulnerabilities

NSO was founded in 2010 by two IDF veterans, Shalev Hulio and Omri Lavie, who themselves were not Unit 8200 veterans (despite reports suggesting otherwise). According to the Israeli publication Globes, Lavie served in the artillery corps and Hulio in the search and rescue service.

In high school, neither Hulio nor Lavie were especially good students and, according to the Globes report, they spent lots of time together on the beach. After leaving the IDF, they decided to become internet entrepreneurs.

NSO is their third, and by far most successful venture. Its genesis came about through sheer happenstance, according to the founders. They had been asked by various clients whether there was a way to take control of a cell phone without having physical access to the actual handset.

Though they felt certain there was, they could find no tech engineer who had any idea how to do it, until one day while sitting in a cafe, the two overheard Unit 8200 veterans talking about just such a possibility. So in 2010, just as smartphones were being transformed from single-use objects into powerful, multi-use, indispensable daily devices, they founded NSO.

They began to cultivate clients in the ranks of police forces in various countries, offering the ability to spy on criminal suspects in ways no one had ever contemplated. They established a US sales subsidiary, WestBridge Technologies, to improve business penetration in one of its largest potential markets.

Through the Francisco Partners, the venture capital company which bought NSO in 2015, NSO came under the umbrella of a company which owned a number of other telecom companies which offered critical inside information to advance its hacking capabilities. For example, Intelligence Online reports that Boaz Goldman is the board chair of Inno Networks, which installs mobile communications networks (3G and 4G). He had just joined the board of a Luxembourg-based holding company which includes NSO Group in a complicated financial relationship. This business arrangement gives the cyberarms firm direct access to the very networks (SS7-Signal System 7) used to transmit text, email, phone calls, geolocation data and encryption keys.

NSO also began to cultivate sources who gave them access to cell phone prototype models before they came on the market, which permitted them to do forensic analyses so that NSO engineers could search for zero-day vulnerabilities which could grant them full-access to the phones their clients sought to target.

Grey zone

You would think that mobile phone makers would guard their products like Fort Knox and deny them from the praying eyes of hackers like NSO. But the company operates in a gray zone and manages to secure what it needs from various sources both inside and outside the manufacturing companies.

Before mobile phones, criminals communicated the way everyone else did: by landline, mail or in person. The technology to intercept or monitor such interactions was simple and primitive: for phones, it was a physical wiretap on a telephone line.

The wiretap would presumably have to have been approved by a judge and then implemented with the help of the phone company. There was an oversight process and it was generally respected, at least in democratic societies.

In the Mansoor case, the hack was directed at a citizen viewed by the state as a criminal. But he isn’t a criminal in any sense that a democratic society would recognise

Electronic communication changed all the rules, opening up new modes of spying on individuals. You could externally intercept the communications signals between callers. NSO took advantage of this, developing a programme that, once downloaded, would take over the user’s mobile phone.

So there was no longer a need to intercept calls because NSO’s client was in effect inside the phone itself. Police forces and governments could disrupt plots to commit crimes or terror attacks before they happened and preserve public order.

Truck-sized loophole

But there was a wrinkle in this otherwise beneficial technology: NSO Group only controlled those who bought the technology, but not its ultimate user. The original client could offer it to other individuals or agencies in its governments, or create a fictitious commercial identity to conceal its ultimate use of Pegasus.

NSO claims it follows all Israeli regulations governing the export of its products and only sells to Israeli allies and never to Israeli enemies. It also claims that it only sells to governments and never to individuals or unauthorised users. It claims Pegasus is only intended to fight criminals and terrorists, and never to be used for political purposes.

However, it notes that once it sells the product, it has no control (or so it claims) over who or how the technology is used. This is a loophole wide enough to drive a Mack truck through, and allows NSO – and a dozen other digital spying companies offering similar programmes – to evade responsibility for the unsavoury ways in which their technology is used.

In the Mansoor case, the hack was directed at a citizen viewed by the state as a criminal. But he isn’t a criminal in any sense that a democratic society would recognise. He hasn’t been charged with a crime, robbing anyone or planting a bomb. In 2011, he was sentenced to three years on charges of insulting the state (he was later pardoned and released) – and that was apparently sufficient in an autocratic regime like the UAE to put him under suspicion.

NSO’s technology has also fallen into the wrong hands in Mexico. As the New York Times has reported, the phones of Mexican political, human rights and anti-corruption activists who were investigating possible crimes committed by the government and its agents were infected with Pegasus. The Times says the victims first noticed the intrusions in the summer of 2016.

One was a lawyer representing the parents of 43 college students murdered by Mexican police in a case which has never been prosecuted. Others were investigating corruption by high-level corporate executives in collusion with elected officials.

According to internal NSO emails dated from 2013 seen by the New York Times, the Mexican government paid NSO more than $15m for three projects. Mexican officials have denied that they were involved in the spying and have opened an investigation.

Such uses violate the provisions of the Israeli export license under which NSO sold its product. But there is little possibility Israeli officials will intercede in this case. They are interested in promoting Israeli exports, not stifling them. Nor do they see their role as serving as an ethics monitor regarding the behaviour of Israeli companies.

Middle East Eye contacted the Defence Export Control Agency of the Israeli Ministry of Defence for comment on its relationship with NSO. It had not responded by the time this article was published. We also posed questions to the press office of the Ministry of Defence, which also had not been answered by time of publication.

As an example, many Israeli arms exporters are suspected of engaging in bribery and other corrupt practices in order to gain weapons contracts with foreign militaries. Few of these companies have been investigated by Israeli authorities, though several have been barred from doing business in various countries.

Citizen Lab told Forbes that NSO had registered domains in Israel, Kenya, Mozambique, Yemen, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Morocco, Hungary, Nigeria and Bahrain, suggesting that Pegasus could have been used in these countries, although there was no clear evidence

According to internal NSO emails, contracts and proposals seen by the New York Times, NSO charged clients $650,000 to spy on 10 iPhone owners, plus a $500,000 setup fee.

It’s clear what a gold mine this business could be – and also why NSO could be tempted to relax ethical considerations to maximise its profit potential. Middle East Eye reached out to an NSO co-founder and the company’s publicist for comment. Neither responded. 

Being the clever entrepreneurs that they are, Lavie and Hulio decided they should play both sides of the street. That’s how in 2013 they started Kaymera, another Herzilya-based tech startup designed to protect clients against unwanted cyber-intrusions.

In most other business ventures, such boundary crossing would raise red flags. There could be benefits to sharing knowledge: as soon as an NSO engineer learned of a company’s vulnerability, it could share that with Kaymera in order to patch it.

But the opposite could happen just as easily: Kaymera could notify NSO about a vulnerability it discovered in a client’s communications or computing systems. This knowledge could, in effect, be monetised on behalf of the two companies. Middle East Eye contacted Kaymera for comment and the company did not reply.

The problem is that in a national security state like Israel, ethical considerations like these take a back seat to both security and financial gain.

Unicorns and golden geese

NSO’s growing client base and the revenue it generated came to the attention of venture capital firms looking for lucrative investment opportunities. One of these was US-based private equity firm Francisco Partners.

In 2014, the firm bought a controlling interest in NSO for $120m. The best VCs invest for the long-term in a company offering, not just capital investment, but strategic and governance advice. But others invest for the short term. Francisco was one of these.

Interestingly, Francisco Partners and an NSO offshoot have a history of involvement with former Trump administration national security advisor, Michael Flynn, who resigned in February after speculation over his links to Russia.

According to financial disclosure forms, a Luxembourg-based NSO offshoot, OSY Group, paid Flynn $40,280 for his role as an advisory board member from May 2016 until January this year. Flynn – who reportedly has worked for several cybersecurity firms – also consulted for NSO’s corporate owner, Francisco Partners, but he never revealed how much they paid him.

A month before Michael Flynn joined OSY’s board, the NSO Group opened a new DC-area arm called WestBridge Technologies which, according to Huffington Post, is ‘vying for federal government contracts for NSO Group’s products’

A month before Flynn joined OSY’s board, the NSO Group opened a new DC-area arm called WestBridge Technologies which, according to Huffington Post, is “vying for federal government contracts for NSO Group’s products. Hiring Flynn would provide NSO Group with a well-connected figure in Washington, to help get its foot in the door of the notoriously insular world of secret intelligence budgeting”.

Francisco Partners held NSO for only a year before it began shopping it with a $1bn valuation. In recent weeks, Blackstone Group, one of Wall Street’s biggest investment houses, reportedly agreed to purchase a 40 percent stake in NSO.

Blackstone’s $400m investment would have made NSO a “unicorn” (a startup achieving a $1bn valuation or more) and offered its founders – and Francisco Partners – a huge payday.

Given the increased penetration of the world market that the Blackstone investment would have given NSO, the reports alarmed internet freedom activists.

Access Now, a US-based NGO advocating a free and open internet, created an online petition and campaign seeking to educate the public about the NSO’s business model. Citizen Lab joined the project writing an open letter to Blackstone’s board of directors urging them to “carefully consider the human rights and ethical implications” of their potential investment.

Blackstone pulls out

This week, reports emerged that Blackstone had pulled out of discussions with NSO without finalising a deal. Responding to a request from comment from Middle East Eye on the day the end of talks was announced, a Blackstone representative declined to comment on the deal. Another venture capital firm, ClearSky Technologies, had been reported to have agreed to purchase a 10 percent stake in NSO. But it too confirmed to Middle East Eye it would not be investing in the company.

An NSO spokesperson declined to discuss the talks or why they fell apart with Reuters.

‘This dead deal should show other private equity firms, including NSO’s current owners Francisco Partners, that there’s nothing to be gained – and a whole lot to lose – by investing in human rights abuse’

– Peter Michek, Access Now

But it seems likely that the controversy generated by Access Now and questions raised by journalists made the firm wary of the liability it would be taking on.

“Until Blackstone speaks up,” Peter Micek, Access Now general counsel