Report: Private US Firm Feeding Illegal Spy Tech to British Intelligence to Target Russian Troops
03:42 GMT 05.01.2023 (Updated: 15:25 GMT 28.05.2023)
© AP Photo / Efrem LukatskyUkrainian soldiers move a U.S.-supplied M777 howitzer into position to fire at Russian positions in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region Saturday, June 18, 2022
© AP Photo / Efrem Lukatsky
Explosive documents leaked to an independent American media outlet show how Western powers are using privately-owned intelligence contractors to circumvent laws protecting their citizens from being spied on by their own governments.
A private American spy firm is using illegal technology to track over a billion people across the globe and using a British intelligence cutout extensively linked to NATO’s proxy war against Russia in Ukraine to funnel the data to the UK military, new documents show.
According to independent American investigative outlet The Grayzone, leaked files indicate that surveillance technology used by the company in question, Anomaly 6, has “enabled the planning of military offensives and artillery attacks, assassinations, asset recruitment, and other measures” via “aggressive harvesting of data.”
Anomaly 6 carries out its illicit surveillance by scraping the data of smartphone users across the globe and matching it to their online profiles. The spy firm, which was reportedly founded by a pair of intelligence-linked US military veterans and is headquartered just a 20-minute drive from CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, claims it can track around 3 billion devices in real time.
Because their “spying services are absolutely illegal under many national and international data protection regimes,” Anomaly 6’s findings are laundered through Prevail Partners, a “private military company which The Grayzone has exposed as Whitehall’s arm’s-length cutout for prosecuting its proxy war in Ukraine,” journalist Kit Klarenberg explained.
Prevail Partners has previously been implicated in the assembly of a secret Ukrainian terror army and the infamous terror attack on the Kerch bridge in Crimea.
Observers have long suspected London has been heavily involved in the Kiev regime’s more destructive anti-Russian attacks. In October, the Russian Ministry of Defense said the British Royal Navy directly participated in the terrorist attack on the Nord Stream pipelines when it “took part in planning, supporting and implementing” the plot.
Exactly what information they were passing along remains unclear, but the new revelations paint an alarming picture.
Leaked files reportedly reviewed by The Grayzone include case studies showing how the company’s technology was used “to gain a real time/near real time understanding of the disposition” of Russian “troops, equipment, and lethal materials,” both before and after Russian military operations in Ukraine began in February.
According to one leaked document, Anomaly 6 was contracted by Prevail Partners to provide for six months “a data feed of country specific data containing harvested first party commercial telemetry data and delivered to client directed cloud-based infrastructure” to the UK’s Defence Intelligence Agency at a price tag of $708,750.
“We will continue to provide access to location-based commercial telemetry data (CTDF) for the countries of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine without a break in delivery, in line with your requirements,” an email from Prevail to the UK spy agency revealed.