The Israeli government’s assertion that Israel does not spy on the United States is contradicted by secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents, The Intercept reported on Thursday. Israel had refuted a report published in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week, which claimed that Israel was spying on ongoing talks for a nuclear deal with Iran. The information was then allegedly shared with U.S. lawmakers and other parties in order to undermine support for the deal domestically.
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“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,” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman had said, according to the Times of Israel. According to The Intercept, however, the recently leaked documents show that the NSA considers Israel’s intelligence service a “key threat” and a “hostile” player.