NSA shares raw, unfiltered intelligence with Israel

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A document leaked by Edward Snowden reveals that the NSA has an agreement to provide Israel with intercepted communications without redacting details about U.S. persons.

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A "memorandum of understanding" between the NSA and Israel's SIGINT National Unit (ISNU) — leaked to the Guardian by Edward Snowden — details how the NSA hands over the raw data of intercepted communications to Israel without it being "minimized" — that is, with information about U.S. persons intact.

"This agreement is not intended to create any legally enforceable rights and shall not be construed to be either an international agreement or a legally binding instrument according to international law." Memorandum of Understanding

The document says that all data must be handled in accordance with U.S. law and that Israel has agreed not to target U.S. persons, but Israel's obligation to do so is not legal, as the above clause states. It confirms similar programs with Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

"We are investing in target surveillance and offensive CI [counterintelligence] against key targets, such as China, Russia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and Cuba." from the so-called "black budget"

The Intelligence Community's "black budget" — also leaked by Snowden — indicates that the U.S. considers Israel, a prominent ally, to be an intelligence threat on par with more countries considered hostile such as Iran and Cuba.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald said on Jan. 6 said that more leaks related to the Middle East and to Israel would come out. When asked about Israel's call to release spy Jonathan Pollard from U.S. jails he said the case showed "the hypocrisy that lies at the center of so much of what the U.S. government does." Copyright 2014 Reuters

Journalist Glenn Greenwald said on Jan. 6 said that more leaks related to the Middle East and to Israel would come out. When asked about Israel's call to release spy Jonathan Pollard from U.S. jails he said the case showed "the hypocrisy that lies at the center of so much of what the U.S. government does."

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