Among allegations aired by Snowden last year were that the U.S.
National Security Agency and its British counterpart GCHQ had in
2009 targeted an email address listed as belonging to then-Israeli
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and monitored emails of senior defense
Israel played down the disclosures. But Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu said he had ordered the matter examined and that "there
are things that must not be done" between allies.
Glenn Greenwald, who as a writer for Britain's Guardian met
face-to-face with the fugitive Snowden and has written or
co-authored many of the newspaper's stories based on his material,
was asked in an Israeli television interview whether the
ex-contractor had more secrets to tell that related to Israel.
"Yes. I don't want to preview any stories that aren't yet published,
but it is definitely the case that there are a huge number of very
significant stories that are left to report," said the Brazil-based
Greenwald, speaking to Channel Ten TV by video link.
"We have only had these documents for seven months, which, given
their volume and complexity, is not a very long time. There
definitely are stories left that involve the Middle East, that
involve Israel. The reporting is going to continue at roughly the
same pace that has been happening."
Last month, several Israeli cabinet members and lawmakers said news
of U.S. spying on Israel was an opportunity to press Washington to
free jailed Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard.
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Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, was sentenced to a
life term in 1987 in the United States for spying for Israel. A
succession of U.S. presidents have spurned Israeli calls for his
In what appeared to be a bid to calm the clamor, Netanyahu said
Israel constantly sought Pollard's release and did not need a
"special occasion" to discuss his case with Washington.
Greenwald voiced understanding for the Pollard linkage.
"I think you are absolutely right to contrast the Jonathan Pollard
case with revelations of American spying on their closest allies
within the Israeli government, because it does underlie, underscore
exactly the hypocrisy that lies at the center of so much of what the
U.S. government does," he said.
(Writing by Dan Williams; editing by Ken Wills)
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