In an impressive global effort, law enforcement agencies across the world announced on Tuesday that they had arrested over 800 alleged criminals in a sting known as “Trojan Shield” in the United States and Europe and “Special Operation Ironside” in Australia.
As reported by The Washington Post, the operation exposed “alleged drug syndicates, contract killers and weapons dealers,” across 16 countries, leading to the seizure of “8 tons of cocaine, 22 tons of cannabis and cannabis resin, 2 tons of synthetic drugs, 6 tons of synthetic drugs precursors, 250 firearms, 55 luxury vehicles and over $48 million in various worldwide currencies and cryptocurrencies.”
But how did they achieve this feat of law enforcement? The answer may surprise you.
The international sting was made possible by an encrypted messaging app which was — to the dismay of those arrested — actually launched and run by the FBI.
Working alongside Australian and European authorities, the FBI set up a company called “AN0M,” which was then