Toronto-based Citizen Lab, which exposed Israeli spy software, targeted by undercover agents

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NEW YORK – The Toronto-based researchers who reported that Israeli software was used to spy on Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s inner circle before his gruesome death are being targeted in turn by international undercover operatives, The Associated Press has found.Story continues below

Twice in the past two months, men masquerading as socially conscious investors have lured members of the Citizen Lab internet watchdog group to meetings at luxury hotels to quiz them for hours about their work exposing Israeli surveillance and the details of their personal lives. In both cases, the researchers believe they were secretly recorded.Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert described the stunts as “a new low.”“We condemn these sinister, underhanded activities in the strongest possible terms,” he said in a statement Friday. “Such a deceitful attack on an academic group like the Citizen Lab is an attack on academic freedom everywhere.”WATCH: What we know about Jamal Khashoggi murder 100 days after the killing

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