Videos, documents, and other files obtained by Motherboard show how the company functioned as an entity in its own right.
The Department of Justice says Jean-François Eap is a drug boss. He says he just sold privacy-focused phones.
The FBI had to run its Anom encrypted phone company just like any other, a former Department of Justice official who worked on the case told Motherboard.
For years, the oft-overlooked secure phone industry, sometimes linked to organized crime, has been pushing its wares on Instagram, with one account linked to Phantom Secure posting images of weapons, drugs, and bundles of cash.