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Israel spying on US at 'alarming level'
Published Wednesday 07/05/2014 (updated) 09/05/2014 14:31
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The main targets for Israeli spies are US industrial and technical
secrets, according to a report in Newsweek magazine.(AFP/File)
WASHINGTON (AFP) -- Israel spies on the United States more than any other ally does and these activities have reached an alarming level, Newsweek magazine reported Tuesday.

The main targets are US industrial and technical secrets, the weekly said, quoting classified briefings on legislation that would make it easier for Israeli citizens to get visas to enter America.

Newsweek said a congressional staffer familiar with a briefing last January called the testimony "very sobering ... alarming ... even terrifying," and quoted another as saying the behavior was "damaging."

"No other country close to the United States continues to cross the line on espionage like the Israelis do," said a former congressional staffer who attended another classified briefing in late 2013, according to Newsweek.

It said that briefing was one of several in recent months given by the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence Directorate.

The former congressional staffer said the intelligence agencies did not give specifics, but cited "industrial espionage—folks coming over here on trade missions or with Israeli companies working in collaboration with American companies, (or) intelligence operatives being run directly by the government, which I assume meant out of the (Israeli) Embassy."

Israel's espionage activities in America are unrivaled and go far beyond activities by other close allies, such as Germany, France, Britain and Japan, counter-intelligence agents told members of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees, Newsweek said.

"I don't think anyone was surprised by these revelations," the former aide was quoted as saying.

"But when you step back and hear ... that there are no other countries taking advantage of our security relationship the way the Israelis are for espionage purposes, it is quite shocking."
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1 ) JoeFattal / USA
07/05/2014 23:34
Maybe that's why Susan Rice is coming to the region. Obviously not to be talking about any peace negotiation between the Palestinians and Israel, but to tell Israel not to spy on the US we suppose to be ally. A wasted trip on the taxpayer expenses. Every country is sying on the other.

2 ) juan de la cruz / phil
08/05/2014 14:59
the unmasking of the newest apatheid state-israhell

3 ) Abe / Canada
09/05/2014 18:12
Friends and ally's ., LOL These guys have no friends, the cult come first

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/05/2014 07:13
To JoeFattal #1: 'Obviously not to be talking about any peace negotiation between the Palestinians and Israel, but to tell Israel not to spy on the US...' I think you mistake who is boss man in this relationship. Rice doesn't TELL Israel anything. Israel tells Rice. She knows her place.

5 ) Maureen / Australia
11/05/2014 22:32
LOL! Israel spying on the US at an alarming level! Israel is biting the hand that feeds it - US taxpayers!
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