Former Mossad Director Joins Advisory Board of Israel Spy Firm Black Cube
Efraim Halevy headed Israel’s national intelligence agency from 1998 to 2002
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Founded in 2010 and based in Tel Aviv, Black Cube offers the expertise of ex-Israeli spies to clients who are engaged in business disputes. Many of the firm’s 100-plus employees are veterans of Israeli military intelligence units and agencies such as the Mossad and the Shin Bet Security service, Israel’s equivalent of the FBI.
In the past year, Black Cube has been at the center of several investigative reports. A May New Yorker Magazine article linked Black Cube to surveillance done on Obama administration staffers involved in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. A Politico report in July linked the firm to attempts to discredit a number of Hungarian NGOs ahead of Hungary’s elections in April.
83-year-old Halevy served as the ninth director of Israel’s national intelligence agency from 1998 to 2002, having joined the agency in 1961. From October 2002 to June 2003, Halevy served as the national security adviser to then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
In July, Black Cube appointed former Israeli Police Chief Yohanan Danino to its advisory board. Danino is credited with establishing Lahav 433, a police unit devoted to high-level fraud and corruption cases.