- The U.S. White house have intercepted critical information linking top Israeli officials , U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish group.*
The information also included tapped phone calls from current and former U.S. officials.
The U.S. National Security Agency believes that the information is critical and would be valuable to counter Israeli’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his campaign against the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal.
Iran and other six nations lead by United States of America reach a historic agreement on July this 2015 to significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade and on the other hand lifting international oil and financial sanctions.
— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) December 30, 2015
We hack network backbones - like huge internet routers, basically - that give us access to the communications of hundreds of thousands of computers without having to hack every single one
The report released by NSA has allowed the U.S. official to have an incisive look on how the Israelis have used the information with the Congress against the Obama deal with Iran.
According to The Wall Street Journal:http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-spy-net-on-israel-snares-congress-1451425210, NSA got the information through the Israeli spying operations. The information outlined how Netanyahu had leaked details of th Iran deal
In 2014, Obama had vowed to curb intelligence on friendly world leaders after the world learned about its reach of long-secret surveillance programs.
This did not mean that the U.S. wound up its watch on all leaders but it went on to check some of its allies which included the current and the former U.S. officials. Topping the list was the Israeli’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In previous years, the former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden exposed much of the spying they did more so in 2013. There has been a little worry about the intelligence about exposing information about heads of states.
The U.S. administration in a closed door meeting weighed on which leaders were considered to be on the so-called friedly list. French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders made the list.
However, the NSA were permitted to check on their leaders top advisers, current and former U.S. officials. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of NATO ally Turkey were excluded from the protected list and that allowed NSA to spy on their communications at the discretion of top officials.
The Obama administration upheld the monitoring of Netanyahu as it will serve a compelling national security. Obama frankly issued a statement on U.S. lifting spying on world leaders but kept it secret to whom it will apply to.
The NSA through the former contractor have been able to hack a lot of communications from many countries.
After fleeing to Hong Kong, Edward Snowden told the South China Morning Post that the NSA had led more than 61,000 hacking operations worldwide, including many in Hong Kong and mainland China.
“We hack network backbones – like huge internet routers, basically – that give us access to the communications of hundreds of thousands of computers without having to hack every single one,” Mr Snowden:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-23123964 was quoted as saying.
According to Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine, the NSA had also spied on European Union offices in the US and Europe.