Edward Snowden accuses U.S. of sending communications of private Palestinian-American citizens to Israel

The Daily Mail, 19 September 2014

Snowden said the material was routinely transferred to Unit 8200, a secretive Israeli intelligence organization
Snowden said the material was routinely transferred to Unit 8200, a secretive Israeli intelligence organization

Former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden has accused the U.S. National Security Agency of routinely passing private, unedited communications of Americans to Israel, an expert on the intelligence agency said Wednesday.

James Bamford, writing in the New York Times, said Snowden told him the intercepts included communications of Arab- and Palestinian-Americans whose relatives in Israel and the Palestinian territories could become targets based on the information.

[...] Snowden said the material was routinely transferred to Unit 8200, a secretive Israeli intelligence organization.

Bamford cited a memorandum of understanding between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart outlining transfers that have occurred since 2009.

The memorandum indicates the data is routinely sent in raw form, without editing out names or other personally identifiable information, Bamford said.

[...] Snowden said the material was routinely transferred to Unit 8200, a secretive Israeli intelligence organization

The data gathered by the unit included Palestinians’ sexual orientations, infidelities, money problems, family medical conditions and other private matters that could be used to coerce them into becoming collaborators, they said.

 


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