Israel Spied on the US with NSA’ assistance! Says the Latest Snowden Revelation.

Last year, we updated you how NSA shares personal details of U.S citizens with Israel. Now Glenn Greenwald, the journalist from the Guardian, has made public the documents that highlight NSA’s bias towards Israel.

The released documents, part of the Snowden-leaked documents, suggest NSA putting the interests of Israel above those of the US and sharing raw, un-sifted intelligence data with them.

Greenwald released his book “No Place to Hide” and subsequently showcased the US agencies’ intelligence relations with Israel.

One of the leaked slide reads:

“Balancing the SIGINT exchange equally between U.S. and Israeli needs has been a constant challenge in the last decade; it arguably tilted heavily in favor of Israeli security concerns. 9/11 came, and went, with NSA’s only true Third Party CT relationship being driven almost totally by the needs of the partner.”israel-spied-on-the-us-says-the-latest-snowden-revelation.png-3

The deal, an undated memorandum, principled in 2009 details the rules for the exchange of SIGINT (Signals Intelligence) data between the two countries.

“Raw Sigint includes, but is not limited to, unevaluated and unminimized transcripts, gists, facsimiles, telex, voice and Digital Network Intelligence metadata and content,” says the agreement.

The agreement stresses the constitutional rights of Americans to privacy and the need for the Israeli intelligence to respect the constitutional right.

However, such emphasis is undermined by the US intelligence agencies’ disclosure to provide raw SIGINT to Israel without filtering.

“NSA routinely sends ISNU [the Israeli Sigint National Unit] minimized and unminimized raw collection.”

The memorandum clearly states that the intelligence material should be handled in accordance with the US law and it is understood that Israelis will not target Americans identified in the data.

“Any US person information that is acquired as a result of NSA’s surveillance activities is handled under procedures that are designed to protect privacy rights,” said an NSA spokesperson to the Guardian.

Additionally, the agreement says

“This agreement is not intended to create any legally enforceable rights and shall not be construed to be either an international agreement or a legally binding instrument according to international law.”

Although Israel is one of the closest allies of the US, it is not included in the Five Eyes, a closed group of five countries—the UK, US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand who share intelligence and policies on surveillance.

The relationship between the US and Israel were strained when the leaked Snowden documents revealed that Israel was identified alongside China and Iran as a target for US cyberattacks.

A senior US official in a 2008 document has commented that Israel aggressively spies on the US,

“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 problems¼A NIE [National Intelligence Estimate] ranked them as the third most aggressive intelligence service against the US.”

When routine sharing of intelligence between the two countries were first published in September 2013, NSA had responded saying,

“The fact that intelligence services work together under specific and regulated conditions mutually strengthens the security of both nations.”

However, it is yet to react to latest revelation by Greenwald, which alleges that NSA may be putting Israeli interests above US interests.


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