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Report: Israel spied on Iran-U.S. talks and shared information with lawmakers

 
 
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Report: Israel accused of spying on U.S. nuclear talks with Iran – and then leaking information to Congress to undermine deal

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By Fred Barbash March 24 at 5:27 AM

Israel obtained sensitive information about the nuclear talks between Iran and the United States and turned it over to members of Congress, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. It obtained the information both through “confidential” briefings from U.S. officials as well as from “informants, diplomatic contacts in Europe and eavesdropping,” the paper said.

Citing “current and former officials,” the paper said the “spying operation was part of a broader campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to penetrate the negotiations and then help build a case against the emerging terms of the deal.”

The Journal said the “espionage” did not concern the White House “as much as Israel’s sharing of inside information with U.S. lawmakers and others to drain support” from the deal.

The White House learned of the operation, the paper reported, when U.S. intelligence agencies “intercepted communications among Israeli officials that carried details the U.S. believed could have come only from access to the confidential talks, officials briefed on the matter said.”

Israel denied the charges, according to the Journal, which quoted a “senior official” in Netanyahu’s office calling the allegations “utterly false.”

But the Journal said its story was based on interviews with “more than a dozen” officials, including Israeli diplomats, intelligence officials and lawmakers.

Relations between the administration of President Obama and the government of Israel have become openly hostile in the past few months as a result of Netanyahu’s acceptance of an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to address the U.S. Congress. If the Journal’s story is accurate, there were plenty of other reasons for the tension as well.

It quoted a “senior U.S. official briefed on the matter,” saying that it is “one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back to U.S. legislators to undermine U.S. diplomacy.”


Fred Barbash, the editor of Morning Mix, is a former National Editor and London Bureau Chief for the Washington Post.
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Reply Tue 24 Mar, 2015 09:27 am
@korkamann,
The House and Senate Intelligence Committees should be investigating this. Bibi may favor the Conservatives right now, but he could change his mind and start tipping off the Liberals. Whoever received the ill-gotten information should have reported the person leaking the information. We've always known Israel spies on the US, but elected members of Congress should never cooperate independently with foreign governments. I don't know if our population understands how grievous this is. If this story proves to be true, it means several elected officials who have sworn to serve and protect this country have conspired with a foreign government to undermine our government. If an employee of the US intelligence community conspired to provide sensitive information to Congress, they would be charged with treason. Think of Thomas Drake, he just blabbed to a reporter.

I actually hope this is a invalid story, because if Congress and the Senate are cooperating against our country's interests, the word coup is no longer just applicable to the banana republics. There will be no winners if we devolve into an America versus America under Marshall Law. It comforts our enemies, and frustrates our friends.
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 03:36 am
@glitterbag,
Yes, Glitter, Netanyahu's Israel spied on the nuclear talks between Obama, the other five countries and Iran. This information was passed on to the Republican congress; Netanyahu is aware of the hostility which exists among the Republicans in the House and the Senate and so he sought to bring this spy information to their attention in order to undermine these delicate negotiations. Senator Tom Cotton who reminds one of the owner of "Bates Motel" sent a letter along with 46 more Republicans including John Boehner and John McCain to the Ayatollah saying Obama cannot be trusted because if a deal is reached the next president will undo it. That was a treasonous act.

This current republican congress is so filthy that one feels queasy in the stomach. Now that poor excuse of a sleazy speaker of the house, boehner, is on his way to Israel soon to talk further about how to undermine President Obama.
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 03:57 am
@korkamann,
over 100,000 Iranian troops and civilians were victims of chemical weapons during the 1980s Iran–Iraq War. I believe a nuclear facility consisting of bombs to be a deterrent. Each country would respect the other out of sheer fear that a nuclear war might ensue. Israel has a vast nuclear arsenal and is itself the super power in the middle east. But in the war of 2006 in its conflict with Hezbollah, Israel lost. In fact, Israel lost so badly that it could not leave Lebanon fast enough and left lots of equipment behind. Even after they had successfully retreated, the rockets from Hezbollah kept raining down on Israel. Hezbollah had tunnels built all over the place and successfully used computers to track the movement of Israel's tanks. Campuses all over America erupted in excitement to see Israel on the run.
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