The US shares intelligence data with Israel on the communications of Americans
that allow the Jewish state to monitor intercepts between US citizens and
suspicious actors in the Middle East.
This according to a classified
document leaked by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward
Britain’s Guardian newspaper first reported on the latest
document, from 2009, in a series of leaks from Snowden, who remains in Russia
after fleeing the US.
The shared signal intelligence consists of
“unevaluated and unminimized transcripts, gists, facsimiles, telex, voice and
Digital Network Intelligence metadata and content,” according to the
The process requires the Israeli Sigint National Unit, or ISNU,
to “minimize” the amount of personal information kept in its records, which can
be held for up to one year if the data is not on US government workers. The
enforcement mechanism for this requirement is not detailed in the
Regional Cooperation Minister Silvan Shalom said unequivocally on
Israel Radio on Thursday that Israel does not spy on the US, and has not done so
since the Jonathan Pollard affair in the mid-1980s.
knowledgeable of all the details, there are crystal clear directives against any
action in the US or against the US,” he said. “There is a complete
Shalom characterized any claims that Israel’s intelligence services
acted against the US as a “lie and a libel.”
One government official,
stressing that Israel was neither confirming nor denying the Guardian story,
said only that Israel and the US enjoy “close intelligence
Since the Pollard affair, these orders were issued by
then-prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, he said, adding that all prime ministers
since then – including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – have followed
“The directive to all the intelligence services is that there is no
activity against the US,” the official said.