A blockbuster new report says that President Obama used the National Security Agency to spy on Israel and members of Congress as the administration was pushing the case for a deal with Iran.
According to The Hill:
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the Obama administration decided to keep monitoring Netanyahu and Israel even as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other NATO heads of state were considered off limits.
Netanyahu reportedly remained a top priority for the snooping, according to the report, despite President Obama saying two years ago he would curb eavesdropping on allies.
The Journal also reported that White House officials were worried when they realized the NSA was collecting conversations with lawmakers. It said the administration decided to let the NSA decide what to share.
“We didn’t say, ‘Do it,'” a senior U.S. official told the Journal. “We didn’t say, ‘Don’t do it.'”
The NSA’s snooping allegedly found Netanyahu and his aides leaked details of the negotiations gained through Israeli spying, coordinated talking points with Jewish-American groups against the deal and asked those lawmakers who were undecided on the deal how it could get their vote, according to the report.”