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Belgian Terror Police Trust WhatsApp More Than Their Own Comms Network

Thomas Joscelyn
28th December 2016 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Belgian police reportedly rely on the free messaging service WhatsApp to communicate in times of crisis because Brussel’s telecommunications network is vulnerable.

The revelation comes amid an investigation by Belgian authorities into the March Brussels airport attack by elements of the Islamic State. Belgium also served as a critical nexus for planning of the November 2015 Paris attacks, and has one of the largest number of per capita ISIS fighters in the Western world.

Belgian police officials’ use of WhatsApp highlights past criticism of European counter-terror initiatives, namely that they lack the infrastructure to quickly and accurately share information.

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“If you talk to any Belgian counterterrorism or intelligence officials, no one—no one—is surprised by this,” senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Thomas Jocelyn, said in the wake of the March 2015 attacks.

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belgium, counter-terrorism, islamic-state