Britain, U.S. Monitor Israeli Diplomats, Defense Firms


British secret services have been spying on Israel’s diplomats, defense firms, and military, according to documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden and examined by French newspaper Le Monde.

The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) collects intelligence on the “number two of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs” and “ambassadors posted in Nairobi, Kenya, and in Abuja, Nigeria,” the paper said Wednesday.

Previous reports by the Wall Street Journal and Der Spiegel have revealed how the U.S. monitored the communications of Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and his predecessor Ehud Olmert. Le Monde also names an Israeli defense company and research centers at Hebrew University as institutions that have been hacked by GCHQ. It is also believed that GCHQ and America’s NSA have collected 18 years’ worth of transmissions between Israeli army drones, fighter jets, and army bases.

Communications between the PLO general secretary and Palestinian delegations across the world were also found to have been hacked.




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