U.S. Citizens' Private Data Shared with Israeli Intelligence, Says Snowden

Documents Likely Include Phone Calls and Emails

NSA headquarters building in Fort Meade, Maryland.
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NSA headquarters building in Fort Meade, Maryland.

By Haaretz/Anshel Pfeffer

Published September 11, 2013.
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The U.S. National Security Agency is routinely sharing American citizens’ private data with Israeli intelligence services, a secret document leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden shows, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, intelligence being passed to Israel by the U.S. agency is likely to include American citizens’ phone calls and emails.

The revelations over the NSA’s programs have recently been the the focus of intense scrutiny over what is seen as widespread privacy violations.

The Israeli embassy in London responded to the Guardian report, saying “we don’t comment on leaked documents.”

Another top-secret document shared with the Guardian and dated 2008, a senior NSA official is quoted as saying that Israel aggressively spies on the U.S. According to the official, “On the one hand, the Israelis are extraordinarily good Sigint partners for us, but on the other, they target us to learn our positions on Middle East problems… A [National Intelligence Estimate] ranked them as the third most aggressive intelligence service against the U.S.”


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