| Black Cube |
|Founder||• Dan Zorella|
• Avi Yanus
|Headquarters||London, Paris, Tel Aviv|
|Spooky Israeli business intelligence agency|
Black Cube is a private intelligence agency, which is based in London, Paris and Tel Aviv. NBC News noted that “Black Cube’s political work frequently intersects with Israel’s foreign policy priorities.”
Black Cube told the BBC that it “applies high moral standards to its work, and operates in full compliance with the law of any jurisdiction in which it operates.” Black Cube’s Human intelligence capabilities have proved to be an effective way of exposing fraud, bribery, money laundering and corruption. The company uncovered high-level corruption in the judicial systems of Italy and Panama.
The company was founded in 2010 by former Israeli intelligence officers Dan Zorella and Avi Yanus. Its employees include former members of Israeli intelligence units, including Aman, Mossad and Shin Bet, as well as legal and financial experts. Former Mossad director Meir Dagan led Black Cube’s board until his death in 2016.
Black Cube is known to have two separate divisions for corporations and governments. The firm was caught attempting to undermine the Iran nuclear deal — then also a top political objective of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — by attempting to obtain information on the “financial or sexual impropriety” (i.e., blackmail) of top U.S. officials involved in drafting the accord.
Black Cube gathered information about women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment to try to help him escape conviction. Summit News reported that "tried to intimidate journalist Ronan Farrow in order to “bury the truth” about Weinstein’s activity." Weinstein used the private spy firm to “‘target,’ or collect information on, dozens of individuals, and compile psychological profiles that sometimes focused on their personal or sexual histories.”
|Document:Black Cube, the "Mossad" of Commercial Spying||Article||28 February 2019||George Kerevan||Michael Drury, the former legal head of GCHQ, has set up in practice defending Russian oligarchs and bankers being chased by the main UK bank regulator (FCA) and the Serious Fraud Office: I wonder what he does for Black Cube?|