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US spying on Israel reportedly ensnares members of Congress

The recent NSA revelation demonstrated partisan abuse of power by the Obama administration.

FoxNews reports: the intention to spy on Israeli Prime Minister suddenly went wrong: the technology also effectively helped to capture private conversations of U.S. legislators and members of Jewish groups of the U.S.

The secret surveillance brings up an important ethic question: Obama administration very likely might be convicted of espionage on Congress members which definitely would not be a nice moment for the administration.

As reported, the surveillance on Netanyahu began in Obama’s first term in order to ensure that Israeli leader would not pursue a preventative strike against nuclear facilities in Iran. The measure was authorized by both parties.

The U.S. began to sweep up the data collection in advance, just before Netanyahu’s visit to Capitol Hill when he called against developing the infamous nuclear agreement with Iran. The expunge continued until the passing of Congress’ deadline to block the agreement.

U.S. officials alleged that “Netanyahu's office repeatedly attempted to learn details about changes in U.S. positions during the sensitive nuclear talks. Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Ron Derner, was described as coaching unnamed Jewish-American groups to press members of Congress, especially Democrats, to oppose the deal,” continues the article. However, the Israeli spokesperson for the Embassy of Israel claimed these allegations to be “total nonsense”.

Clearly understanding political fallout that might occur if the recordings would be made public, reportedly agreed that the National Security Agency should conclude which of the data might be demonstrated to the U.S. president and his administration, and which should remain secret. It was revealed that the shared report lacked of U.S. legislators’ names and any criticism of the Obama administration.

The article assumes: “Obama left Netanyahu off a list of world leaders who would be exempt from NSA activities after the president vowed to curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state in January 2014. Among the world leaders who made the so-called "protected" list was German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and most leaders of NATO nations, with the notable exception of Turkey.”

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