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Spies of the UAE

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Berlin on June 12, 2019.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Berlin on June 12, 2019. Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

A look into Project Raven, a program where Americans were recruited to help the UAE hack people and organizations around the world.

This week on First Person we hear from Joel Schectman, an investigative reporter for Reuters who co-wrote a series of stories in the past year about a hacking and surveillance program conducted by the United Arab Emirates. His partner on the project was Christopher Bing, also of Reuters. The two reporters discovered, among other things, that the UAE was employing Americans in its secret program, including veterans of the National Security Agency.

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