Hagel says is unaware of Israel spying on US

By REUTERS
May 15, 2014 16:11




TEL AVIV - US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said on Thursday he was unaware of any truth to a media report that Israel has been spying on the United States.

Asked during a press conference in Tel Aviv about a Newsweek magazine story quoting unnamed US officials as saying Israel was conducting major spying operations against the United States, Hagel said: "I have heard of that report. I'm not aware of any facts that would substantiate the report."

Israeli officials have denied the allegation, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called it a "malicious calumny".

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