The Uganda Files: How Israel Arms Brutal Dictators Who Recruit Child Soldiers

Newly declassified Israeli Foreign Ministry documents show that Jerusalem has aided and abetted brutal leaders and military forces in Uganda for years

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Gen. Tito Okello, left, commander of Uganda’s army, in 1979. Went on to rule the country with an iron fist, and Israel's help.
Gen. Tito Okello, left, commander of Uganda’s army, in 1979. Went on to rule the country with an iron fist, and Israel's help.
Eitay Mack
Eitay Mack

It was a startling declaration. After all, it’s not every day that the U.S. Treasury Department announces that two Israeli companies – in this case, NSO and Candiru – are to be placed on the list of entities operating contrary to America’s national interest. That exceptional decision, about a month ago, did not come about in a vacuum. Washington discovered that the two offensive-cyber firms sold foreign governments means of surveillance that were used against government officials as well as political activists, journalists and business people in those countries.

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