Israeli ministers demand end to US spying

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Associated Press

Posted on December 22, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 22 at 7:04 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Senior Israeli officials are demanding an end to U.S. spying on Israel, following revelations that the National Security Agency intercepted emails from the offices of the country's top former leaders.

It's the first time that Israeli officials have expressed anger since details of U.S. spying on Israel began to trickle out in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The revelations also are spurring renewed calls for the release of Jonathan Pollard, a former American intelligence analyst who has been imprisoned in the U.S. for nearly three decades for spying on behalf of Israel.

Israel's intelligence minister (Yuval Steinitz) says the NSA surveillance program is "not legitimate." He tells Israel Radio that the U.S. and Israel should enter an agreement regarding espionage.

Documents leaked by Snowden and published in The Guardian, Der Spiegel and The New York Times last week revealed that British intelligence agency GCHQ worked with the NSA from 2008-2011 to target email addresses belonging to the offices of then-serving Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

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006-c-12-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"has to stop"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie reports Israelis are complainingabout US spying on Israel. (22 Dec 2013)

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007-c-15-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"requesting his release"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie reports Israelis are linking disclosures of NSA spying to another famous espionage case. (22 Dec 2013)

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