German magazine reports Israel spied on Kerry last year

BERLIN Sun Aug 3, 2014 5:30pm EDT

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, announces a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, in New Delhi August 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, announces a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, in New Delhi August 1, 2014.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Sunday that Israel and at least one other intelligence agency were listening in on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's unsecured phone calls last year when he was holding nearly daily negotiations for peace with various leaders in the Middle East.

The magazine cited "several sources from intelligence circles" as saying that although Kerry has a secure phone at his mansion in Georgetown, while he was traveling and needed to make a quick phone call, he sometimes used an ordinary telephone that the intelligence agencies listened in on.

"A large number of these conversations, which went via satellite, were listened to by at least two intelligence agencies, including the Israelis," the magazine wrote. "It is probable that the Russians and Chinese were also listening in."

The magazine said that Israel thus often knew precisely what Kerry was talking to the other sides about. Kerry, the magazine said, was aware of the risks but he wanted results and personal conversations were more important to him than concerns from his security advisers.

The magazine said that Israel and the State Department in Washington had no comment on their report.

(Reporting By Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (28)
kickabxr wrote:
Lies, lies, lies. Israel would never spy on Americans. Free Jonathan Pollard now. What is good for Israel is good for America. Send more billion to Israel now.

Aug 03, 2014 5:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
The comment by kickabxr must be sarcastic. Israel is no better or worse than Hamas. Both believe in killing innocent people in the name of religion. The politicians are just a bunch of hypocrites.
Any God I now would condemn both.

Aug 03, 2014 5:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SaveRMiddle wrote:
Enhanced Spy Capabilities all across the globe often indirectly ….. funded by the US taxpayer.

Should have gone with the infrastructure even tho it doesn’t offer kickbacks.

Aug 03, 2014 6:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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