US/Israeli Relations



It’s safe to say that now, Snowden is a traitor, at least in this situation.

This revelation of course, comes on the coattails of the original NSA scandal, where Washington was found to be bugging everyone and anything. This is done all the time. But where Snowden steps into it this time, is revealing US operational information. He is in fact a de facto traitor.

An Obama administration leaning over backwards to the Muslim Brotherhood, Saudi Arabia and looking like that they’re ready to live in a world where Iran has nuke weapons, must have been a sign to J’lem, that for now, that their traditional relationship with the U.S. has changed somewhat.

NOTE: What’s also not being discussed here, is that the U.S. also has spying division camped permanently within Israel.


Leaked documents reveal US sees Israel as a spying threat (Video)

By Julian Pecquet – 08/29/13 05:06 PM ET

The Obama administration views Israel as one of the top spying threats facing its intelligence services, leaked documents reveal.

A secret budget request obtained by The Washington Post from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden lumps Israel alongside U.S. foes Iran and Cuba as “key targets” for U.S. counterintelligence efforts. The document suggests Israel does not believe U.S. assurances that its interests are aligned with Israel’s on crucial issues such as Iran and peace talks with the Palestinians.

“To further safeguard our classified networks, we continue to strengthen insider threat detection capabilities across the Community,” reads the FY 2013 congressional budget justification for intelligence programs. “In addition, we are investing in target surveillance and offensive CI [counterintelligence] against key targets, such as China, Russia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and Cuba.”

The White House and the Israeli Embassy did not respond to requests for comment.

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3 Responses

  1. “lumps Israel alongside U.S. foes Iran and Cuba” is an exagguration.

    Allies spy on each other as well as on enemies because it’s vital to know if your allies are telling you the truth and what to expect from them. The expert cited in the article says that’s what Israel’s motivation is.

    I would expect a hell of a lot of friendly countries have spies in the US and visa versa. It’s just not talked about because it would leave the wrong impression.

    I recall an interview with an ex British head of intelligence. He said America had spies in England. When asked about British spies in American he said light heartedly, “that’s classified.”

    The fact that that information was released is what is really interesting.

  2. Also “along side” is meaningless.

    If counter intelligence is devoting 99.99 of counter terrorism efforts against Iran and .01 against Israel, that still means Israel is “alongside” Iran.

    Seriously the list was “China, Russia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and Cuba.” Where do you think the most effort would be spent? Who do you think spies most and who’s spying would damage the country more? It ain’t Israel.

    2 interesting things from that page of the document. Notice that Cuba is on that list.

    And Pakistan in on the list of ballistic missle threats. India isn’t, France and England aren’t. So it’s NOT just about who has nukes. Why are we concearned about Pakistan’s missles?

    Make that 3 and 4 interesting things.

    The list of counter intelligence targets starts with “such as” meaning there are other significant counter intelligence targets that are not indicated in the document. Velly velly inechestink.

    Also the list of Ballistic Missle threats is “North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, Pakistan AND OTHER ballistic missle threats”

    Other ballistic missle threats? What other ballistic missle threats? I think I’d like to know exactly what is included in “other”.

  3. Obama views the US Constitution and citizens as a threat. The real question is who does he view as his mentor and his allies?

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