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NSA-Israel bombshell bolsters whistleblowers’ claims about NSA spying on US government officials

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The Guardian has just published another bombshell NSA story sourced from an Edward Snowden leak: "NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel". The NSA, we learn, shares our emails and metadata with Israeli intelligence services before they are 'minimized' internally. The agreement enables the foreign nation to retain "any files containing the identities of US persons," with one major caveat.

Describing the memorandum of agreement signed between the USG and Israel, the Guardian writes:

Notably, a much stricter rule was set for US government communications found in the raw intelligence. The Israelis were required to "destroy upon recognition" any communication "that is either to or from an official of the US government". Such communications included those of "officials of the executive branch (including the White House, cabinet departments, and independent agencies), the US House of Representatives and Senate (member and staff) and the US federal court system (including, but not limited to, the supreme court)".
 
It is not clear whether any communications involving members of US Congress or the federal courts have been included in the raw data provided by the NSA, nor is it clear how or why the NSA would be in possession of such communications. In 2009, however, the New York Times reported on "the agency's attempt to wiretap a member of Congress, without court approval, on an overseas trip".
NSA whistleblower Russ Tice has been shouting from the rooftops about secret, compartmentalized NSA programs geared towards spying on high-profile public officials and government employees. He has repeatedly stated that he was personally tasked with spying on then-Senator Barack Obama in 2004, and that during his tenure the NSA spied on Supreme Court Justices. 
 
The above excerpt from the latest Guardian report bolsters Tice's assertions. After all, why would the NSA find fit to include in its memorandum with Israel a direct order to destroy USG official communications if the NSA didn't collect them in the first place? 
 
Edward Snowden famously said that if he wanted to, he could spy on the president. Apparently Israel can, too.

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