Israel accused of stealing information from the US and selling it back to CongressChris Middlebrooks (Author) Published Date : Mar 24, 2015 09:33 IST
A Tuesday report carried by the Wall Street Journal reported that Israel has been spying on US-Iranian nuclear talks and then selling it back to the US Congress with the aim of undermining any emerging deal with Iran over its nuclear ambitions.
Quoting former and current US officials, the report stated that Israel carried out the secret operation in order to eavesdrop on talks and then put up a case against Iran over any subsequent deal terms. But this is not all, Israel was also accused of obtaining intelligence from confidential US briefings, diplomatic contacts across Europe, and informants with the intention of weakening Iran s position in the ongoing peace talks.
But the White House is not finding this funny in any manner, considering the fact that Israel s espionage was shared with American legislators to weaken any support for Iran and limit its nuclear programs.
It is one thing for the US and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal US secrets and play them back to US legislators to undermine US diplomacy, said a senior US official quoted by the Wall Street Journal in a development that has irked several Republicans.
US intelligence agencies reported they found the clandestine operation why spying on communications among Israeli officials. The intercepted communications contained sensitive information that the White House knows could only emanate from those who have access to the confidential peace talks.
This report is not true. Obviously Israel has security interests to defend and we have our own intelligence. But we do not spy on the United States. There are enough participants in these negotiations, including Iranians, said outgoing Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman in Israel.
We got our intelligence from other sources, not from the United States. The instruction has been clear for decades now: you don't spy on the United States, directly or indirectly, Lieberman said.
Israel accused of stealing information from the US and selling it back to Congress