NSA Contractor Edward Snowden dropped a bombshell in 2013 when he exposed that the agency was spying on world leaders, including some of our closest allies. Only after international outrage did the Obama administration acknowledge the spying and pledged to stop it.
While the administration promised to stop eavesdropping on America’s allies, they kept close watch on Israel. As the National Security Agency continued to spy on America’s ally, the agency monitored communications between U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups. The White House then left it up to the agency to decide what information to share and what to withhold.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Obama kept up the surveillance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu under the guise that is was based on a “compelling national security purpose.”
The reasoning behind keeping the eavesdropping going is due to the fact that the Obama administration was pursuing the nuclear deal with Iran at the time and wanted to monitor Netanyahu and his advisors in hopes they could combat any attempts to undermine the deal with Iran.
One way the agency spied on Israel was through a cyber implant within Israeli networks that gave the administration access to all communications within the Prime Minister’s office.
Do you think the U.S. should be eavesdropping on our allies?