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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Friends don't spy on friends?

Shavua tov, and a good week to everyone from Boston.

If you think friends don't spy on friends, you're wrong. Of course, when the friends are doing the spying on behalf of Israel, they end up in jail for 30 years and then cannot leave the United States once they are released. But it's perfectly okay for the United States and Britain to spy on Israel.
The United States and Britain have monitored secret sorties and communications by Israel's air force in a hacking operation dating back to 1998, according to documents attributed to leaks by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Israel voiced disappointment at the disclosures, published on Friday in at least two media outlets and which might further strains ties with Washington after years of feuding over strategies on Iran and the Palestinians.
Israel's best-selling newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, said the U.S. National Security Agency, which specialises in electronic surveillance, and its British counterpart GCHQ spied on Israeli air force missions against Gaza, Syria and Iran.
The spy operation, codenamed "Anarchist", was run out of a Cyprus base and targeted other Middle East states too, Yedioth said.

Online publication The Intercept, which lists Snowden confidant Glenn Greenwald among its associates, ran a similar report, with what it said were hacked pictures of armed Israeli drones taken from cameras aboard the aircraft.
Yedioth said German news-magazine Der Spiegel, whose publication day is Saturday, also planned to run an article based on Snowden's leak.
[Energy Minister Yuval] Steinitz said Israel was "not surprised" by the hacking described in the latest Snowden leak.
"We know that the Americans spy on the whole world, and also on us, also on their friends," he said. "But still, it is disappointing, inter alia because, going back decades already, we have not spied nor collected intelligence nor hacked encryptions in the United States."
Hey Yuval - are you sure they're our friends? After all, they've been telling us for 30 years that friends don't spy on friends.


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At 4:11 PM, Blogger Alex in Montana said...

I was a spy. I was at the Defense Department's language school 50 years ago learning a Warsaw Pact Language. Hebrew was a language taught there then. It still is 50 years later. The US makes no secret whatsoever that we spy on Israel. This language school is still operating and teaches languages 90% to for soldiers who will be trained to spy. Very simple. This took me 15 seconds to find:


Israel spies on the United States - do not kid yourself. I support Israel but understand all nations of any consequence spy on all other nations of consequence.

When I was on the Czech border in the 1960's I met and drank with French soldiers who were Czech linguists. Some of the French soldiers were English Linguists. We understood what they were doing and we were allies. We taught French at the school and we spied on the French. They still teach French - see link.


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