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Saturday, 21 December 2013

GCHQ Spies on Israeli Embassies

British GCHQ who works with the American NSA has been caught spying on Israeli Embassies and on one Israeli Prime Minister which is thought to be Ehud Olmert.

From the article: N.S.A. Dragnet Included Allies, Aid Groups and Business Elite

By JAMES GLANZ and ANDREW W. LEHREN

December 20, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "NY Times" - Secret documents reveal more than 1,000 targets of American and British surveillance in recent years, including the office of an Israeli prime minister, heads of international aid organizations, foreign energy companies and a European Union official involved in antitrust battles with American technology businesses.

Some of the surveillance relates to issues examined by an advisory panel in Washington, which on Wednesday recommended stricter limits on the N.S.A., including restrictions on spying on foreign leaders, particularly allies. In a response to questions by The Times, the N.S.A. said that it was reviewing how it coordinates with allies on spying. A GCHQ spokesman said that its policy was not to comment on intelligence matters, but that the agency “takes its obligations under the law very seriously.”

The reports show that spies monitored the email traffic of several Israeli officials, including one target identified as “Israeli prime minister,” followed by an email address. The prime minister at the time of the interception, in January 2009, was Ehud Olmert. The following month, spies intercepted the email traffic of the Israeli defense minister, Ehud Barak, according to another report. Two Israeli embassies also appear on the target lists."

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