Israel spied on closed-door talks between the White House and Iran and used secrets it gleaned to undermine a deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program, according to a report.
The Israelis angered the White House because they leaked information they intercepted through espionage to U.S. lawmakers, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back to U.S. legislators to undermine U.S. diplomacy,” a senior U.S. official briefed on the matter told the newspaper.
In a speech to Congress earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu blasted the pending nuclear deal with Iran, saying it would only trigger a Middle East arms race.
A senior official in the prime minister’s office called the spying claims “utterly false.”
The secret talks with Iran were initiated by President Obama in 2012 and continued through 2013. The U.S. and Iran are scheduled to restart talks this week.
The White House uncovered Israel’s snooping when U.S. spies intercepted communications between Israeli officials sharing details that could have only come from the closed-door meetings, the Journal reported.
Source: Nydaily News