MOSCOW (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova — On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had intercepted communication between Israeli and US officials during the Iran nuclear negotiations to determine how to counter Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s unwavering opposition to the nuclear deal.
"Complex relations between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu Cabinet, a level of stress in the course of this summer still cannot justify the US spying on its closest ally in the Middle East," Ksenia Svetlova said.
Svetlova added that she personally objected Netanyahu’s attempts to compromise the conclusion of the Iran nuclear agreement as "it was wrong and it harmed our relations" with the United States.
The NSA reportedly found that Israeli officials were leaking details of the Iranian nuclear deal to parties in the United States, and coordinating talking points with US-based Jewish advocacy groups in order to kill the nuclear agreement.
In 2013, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed how the Obama administration had spied on leaders of friendly countries, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Following Snowden’s revelations, Obama announced a revised policy that would omit friendly governments from US espionage.