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German paper reports Israel spied on John Kerry's calls

German Paper Reports Israel Spied On John Kerry's Calls

John Kerry's diplomatic phone calls were wiretapped by Israeli intelligence, according to a report from German magazine Der Spiegel.

The magazine says Kerry used unencrypted devices to make some diplomatic calls that were then intercepted by Israel and one other country's intelligence agencies.

Citing anonymous sources, Der Spiegel writes, " The government in Jerusalem then used the information obtained in international negotiations aiming to reach a diplomatic solution in the Middle East"

Kerry has gotten his share of criticism in Israel for his handling of peace talks there, which in turn elicited a pushback from American officials. (Via C-SPAN)

CBS: "He has been persistent, he has worked very hard, he has endured on many occasions, really unfair criticism."

But if Der Spiegel's report is true, it wouldn't be without precedent.

As Newsweek reports, during President Bill Clinton's Middle East peace talks 15 years ago, Israeli intelligence wiretapped phone calls between Clinton and Syrian dictator Hafez al-Assad - according to an Israeli political scientist.

And there was the case of Jonathan Jay Pollard, who turned over American intelligence to Israel in the 1980s. The New York Times reports U.S. officials were considering his release as a bargaining chip during peace talks back in March.

Still, when it comes to spying on allies, the U.S. doesn't really have the cleanest record to point to.

The revelation that U.S. intelligence had spied on German officials, including Angela Merkel prompted outrage in Germany and across Europe. (Via Fox News)

And, as The Guardian reports, the NSA also monitored the calls of as many as 35 world leaders, according to a memo leaked by Edward Snowden.

The clincher though, has to be that the U.S. has reportedly spied on Israel as well: with a former FBI translator telling The New York Times the bureau had wire-tapped phones at the Israeli embassy in Washington.

So it seems everybody's been spying on everybody: but it raises the question- why?

Well, CNN says it might be contingency planning, writing, "Friendly nations spy on one another, if only for this reality: a friend today may not be a friend tomorrow, experts say."

In the latest case, with Secretary Kerry, neither government has commented on the report.

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curly21t August 03 2014 at 5:59 PM

Why bother, he never has anything useful or intelligent to say.

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rem119 August 03 2014 at 6:54 PM

Kind of stupid on Kerry's part don't you think. Of course I never expected anything intelligent from him anyway....

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Nonna August 03 2014 at 7:06 PM

Well, we've been spying on everyone so what's the big deal?

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pboucard50 Nonna August 04 2014 at 8:53 AM

You don't really care about the Constitution, do you?

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bdgrizcp pboucard50 August 04 2014 at 10:19 AM

All the Constitution prohibits is UNwarranted search and seizures--here at home. Not hard to get a warrant and even easier to prove intercepted phone calls between the US and many other countries are NOT protected speech.

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Carolyn pboucard50 August 04 2014 at 11:04 AM

Some other country spying on us is not covered by our constitution! doh!

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Dave August 03 2014 at 5:30 PM

Our "staunch ally", Israel, spying on us? Gee, who'd have thought it?

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lumyai9 August 03 2014 at 5:45 PM

Israel will do as Israel wants and will justify all spying//killing /land grabbing/repression of those whose land they stole on the ZIONIST MOVEMENT/which[or can I say witch] is similar to JIHAD in more ways than one.Israel has gotten way,way out of control.It scares me that ,like muslims,they will NEVER criticize the religion and the make believe God that they pray to

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billc7777 August 03 2014 at 6:03 PM

Look at the history of the iIsrael people, freedom stolen, concentration camps, death and destruction. If your family lived thru that you would trust know one, gather all the information you can, however you can. And when attacked shoot and ask questions later...

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Peter Proud August 03 2014 at 6:18 PM

Why would anyone be surprised by Israel spying on John Kerry? Israel has been spying on us for decades, they sent spies into the U.S.A to spy on or government’s nuclear program and they have stolen secrets from us. We have the Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard locked up and Israel keep pushing for us to free him. We should execute him stuff him in a garbage bag and ship his rotten corpse back to Israel. Prior to 9/11, the FBI had discovered the presence of a massive spy ring inside the United States run by the government of Israel.
We need to cut all ties to Israel, and should have done it long ago.

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cae303 August 03 2014 at 7:05 PM

Who is not spying? Obama Clinton and Kerry have done more international damage to our foreign relationship.

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bloveday36 August 03 2014 at 5:57 PM

Does kerry, the creep shpow catsup head, say anything one would want to hear -
our folks do the same -

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thomas August 03 2014 at 6:10 PM

JOhn kerryk, a patriot, viet nam vet, he knows how to handle the pressure, and he will prevail

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