FBI bugged Israel’s embassy in Washington, leaked transcripts show

World Tribune
9/28/2011

WASHINGTON — FBI intercepts leaked by an Israeli employee of the agency has provided evidence of intensive monitoring of the Jewish state by the U.S. intelligence community.

The U.S. intelligence campaign against Israel was highlighted by intercepts supplied by an FBI translator to U.S. blogger Richard Silverstein who said the FBI bugged the Israeli embassy in Washington and intercepted discussions with members of Congress and the pro-Israel lobby.

Silverstein acknowledged that he received 200 pages of transcripts of telephone calls to and conversations in the Israeli embassy. Later, Silverstein said he burned the transcripts.

“There was a lot of material there,” Silverstein said.

This marked the first time that the U.S. spy campaign against Israel has been documented. In May 2010, the FBI translator, Shamai Liebowitz, was sentenced to 20 months for leaking information of the intercepts he processed and relayed to somebody identified as “Recipient A.”

“I don’t know what was divulged other than some documents, and how it compromised things,” U.S. District Court Judge Alexander Williams said in sentencing Liebowitz. “I have no idea.”…

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