Inside Israel's Secret Startup Machine via @forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/richardbehar/2016/05/11/inside-israels-secret-startup-machine/#32924da8157d
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"More critically, Israel felt it could no longer risk depending on others--specifically, the American tech industry--to give it access to new technologies. So 8200 became the country's internal R&D hub--the fuel for Startup Nation--with staffing numbers that grew apace and an expanding mission in an Internet-driven world. While Israel's Mossad spy agency is as legendary as 8200 is anonymous, "90% of the intelligence material in Israel is coming from 8200," says Yair Cohen, who served 33 years in 8200--the last five (from 2001-05) as its commander. "There isn't a major operation, from the Mossad or any intelligence security agency, that 8200 is not involved in." When Yasser Arafat claimed he had nothing to do with the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship in 1985, which resulted in the murder of an American, 8200 provided an intercepted phone conversation that proved otherwise. When Israel bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, 8200 provided integral intelligence. The Stuxnet computer worm that destroyed nuclear centrifuges in Iran three years later? A CIA and 8200-driven coding masterpiece."