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March 24, 2015 3:17 pm

Boehner ‘Shocked’ by Reported Israeli Spying on Iran Talks, Denies Receiving Information

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Speaker of the House John Boehner said he was shocked by a report claiming Israel spied Iran nuclear talks. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons. – Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he is “shocked” by a Wall Street Journal report that Israel spied on world powers’ nuclear talks with Iran, and denied that he received any information on those talks from the Jewish state.

The report said Israel was spying on closed-door nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 nations (US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) and was using the information it gathered to build a case against an emerging deal with the Islamic Republic, including sharing information with US lawmakers who are also critical of the negotiations with Iran.

“I read that story this morning, and frankly, I was a bit shocked because there’s no information revealed to me whatsoever,” Boehner told reporters on Tuesday. “I was shocked by the fact that there were reports in this press article that information was being passed on from the Israelis to members of Congress. I’m not aware of that at all.”

According to the Wall Street Journal report, the White House discovered the alleged Israeli operation when US intelligence agencies were spying on Israel and intercepted communications among Israeli officials.

Despite being close allies, the US and Israel routinely spy on each other’s activities. But Israel has denied the latest report, saying it gathered information on the nuclear talks through other means. Boehner is scheduled to travel to Israel, where he will meet with Netanyahu, by the end of March.

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  • Jonah

    The liar and chief has kicked into a maniacal form of lunacy! Why? Because Bebe speaks the truth about the Iranian negotiations, in fact the truth is becoming a rare commoditie because the left hunts it down with lies and attempts to exterminate all those that dare to speak it.

  • Graciela INDIGNADA

    So, what’s new?
    Espionage is the second oldest profession in the world.
    Literally EVERY intelligence and counter-intelligence service spies on everyone else, friend and foe alike.
    It is either very naive or very hypocritical to pretend otherwise.

  • Joshua Arendt

    Obama is trying to destroy Israel’s reputation and further alienate Israel from the U.S. Congress and American public. He must think Americans are morons. Obama seems seriously detached from reality, living in a fantasy world like a megalomaniac. A sad and desperate figure. No world leader can trust his judgement, as he has succumbed to nothing more than petulant, self-aggrandizement.

  • Chas Holman

    And I know of 47 US Senators who were complicit in this Unites States deception,.. In fact, many are NOW going to Israel THIS week.. To ‘share’ information.

    Wake up America..

  • shloime

    1) so american spying on israel, on which this report is based, is okay, but israeli spying on americans, is not? this is so clumsy that they’ve even incriminated themselves.

    2) the report doesn’t deal with the heart of the matter: is america betraying israeli (and american) interests in order to obtain an agreement? and if so, doesn’t the congress (and israel) have some say in the matter, before we are all “sold down the river”?

    3) no senior intelligence official “leaks” material to a journalist, and risks his job and pension (and possibly his life), without orders. so why is the white house so obsessed with smearing an ally, despite their sound bites that they “have israel’s back”?

    sometimes, it’s better to have an enemy from the front, than an untrustworthy “friend” behind you.