Report: Obama’s NSA Spied on Congress & Netanyahu
In the midst of its espionage operations against the State of Israel, the Obama administration’s National Security Agency (NSA) listened in on private conversations conducted with members of the U.S. Congress and American-Jewish groups, a late Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal reveals.
The NSA operations revealed to President Obama that Israeli officials had coordinated on messaging with U.S. Jewish groups that had come out against the Iran nuclear deal, the report says, citing unnamed officials familiar with the espionage operations.
At the time, President Obama was facing a wave of criticism from European leaders–such as French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel–regarding allegations of NSA spying operations against their respective countries. This, however, did not stop him from ordering spy agencies to continue their operations against Israel, claiming they served a “compelling national security purpose,” according to the WSJ report.
Thereafter, the President successfully wired the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as the two leaders fell on opposite sides of the Iran nuclear deal. Netanyahu, a fierce critic of the deal, warned it would empower Iran as the world’s largest state-sponsor of terror. President Obama, on the other hand, was convinced that negotiating with Iran, and funneling tens of billions of dollars into their coffers, would allow for the regime to open up to the world and give power to more ‘moderate’ voices from within.
The NSA would routinely intercept Netanyahu’s communications and send them to White House officials for dissections, the report says, citing a former official.