American intelligence has always been interested in searching for news regarding what the other countries are up to. It is nothing new that the US intelligence is keen in knowing what Israel is doing with their artificial intelligence. This is one reason for the US intelligence which tapped into live video feeds from Israeli drones and fighter jets, monitoring military operations in Gaza, watching for a potential strike against Iran, and keeping tabs on the drone technology Israel exports around the world.
The National Security Agency and the UK’s Government Communication Headquarters have been hacking into Israeli drones. This program is called the ‘Anarchist.’ It has seen technicians at a GCHQ facility in Cyprus routinely intercept video feeds over the course of several years.
‘Due to the political situation of the region there is a requirement for Israeli UAV operations in certain areas.’
Whether the operation was ever able to decode drone video feeds in anything close to real time is still a matter to think about. Obtained by The Intercept, an Anarchist manual pointed to the need for considerable computing power. It discovered further evidence that Israel deployed armed drones in the skies over the Middle East, something the Israeli government has never officially acknowledged. Beyond just images, Anarchist also yielded flight path data for those unmanned vehicles.
The documents highlight the conflicted relationship between the United States and Israel, and U.S. concerns about Israel’s potentially destabilizing actions in the region. The drone-watching documented in the GCHQ files, covered periods of Israeli military offensives in Palestine, and also indicates that the intelligence agencies monitored drones for a potential strike against Iran.