Collecting intelligence that is used to resolve legal disputes

12 Apr

Black Cube, which began as a startup by several friends, has become a huge company that employs dozens of Israeli intelligence veterans — from computer experts to secret agents. The company’s personnel divide their time between Israel and Britain and make a fortune by collecting intelligence that is used to resolve legal disputes.

 

“The idea behind this company is that everyone in the business world has skeletons in his or her closet, and they know how to get to these skeletons,” says a client of Black Cube. “The faster people get rich, the more likely it is that they have something to hide. And there’s always someone to reveal it: a mistress of one of the senior executives, a disgruntled employee, someone who was discriminated against. They just need to find someone who has an interest to reveal these secrets. That’s their job.”

 

Black Cube’s full client list is secret, and its analysts and investigators don’t always know who they are working for. However, the company is reported to have provided services for the British Jewish billionaire Vincent Tchenguiz; large banks in Israel and abroad; various oligarchs; some of the largest law firms in the world; a huge trading company whose client received a $150 million credit line from it and then disappeared, leading Black Cube’s personnel to cross the world from Pakistan to Europe in search of assets; and Nochi Dankner.

 

Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan, who died last month, had ties to the company and reportedly served as an honorary president of Black Cube. “In recent years, he helped us in building the company mainly with his connections around the world,” a senior company official said of Dagan. The former Mossad chief helped Black Cube with obtaining intelligence and information and provided strategic advice to its clients.

 

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4788160,00.html?&QuerySource=Toast&QuerySourceSecondaryId=0

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