Hagel says is unaware of Israel spying on US
15 May 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".