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Palestinian Authority Faces Blowback Over Allegations Of CIA-Backed Wiretapping

Grant Rumley
7th February 2018 - Quoted by Daniel Estrin - Parallels

The Palestinian Authority government is facing allegations that it is collaborating with the CIA to spy on the phone conversations of senior Palestinian figures, including adversaries and allies of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Grant Rumley, a researcher on Palestinian politics at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank, said it was another sign of Abbas' "increasingly heavy handed rule." In recent years, Abbas' government has cracked down on public protests and criticism of him on social media.

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If the allegations are true, the wiretapping program reveals how Abbas relies on the CIA to help solidify his grip on power in the West Bank, Rumley said.

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