German media report Israel spied on Kerry

Berlin - German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Sunday that Israel and at least one other intelligence agency were listening in on US Secretary of State John Kerry's unsecured phone calls last year when he was holding nearly daily negotiations for peace with various leaders in the Middle East.

The magazine cited "several sources from intelligence circles" as saying that although Kerry has a secure phone at his mansion in Georgetown, while he was travelling and needed to make a quick phone call, he sometimes used an ordinary telephone that the intelligence agencies listened in on.

"A large number of these conversations, which went via satellite, were listened to by at least two intelligence agencies, including the Israelis," the magazine wrote. "It is probable that the Russians and Chinese were also listening in."

The magazine said that Israel thus often knew precisely what Kerry was talking to the other sides about. Kerry, the magazine said, was aware of the risks but he wanted results and personal conversations were more important to him than concerns from his security advisers.

The magazine said that Israel and the State Department in Washington had no comment on their report.

- Reuters
Dave Parker 2014-08-04 07:46:27 AM
Yawn.... everybody is spying on everybody else... this isn't news.
Neliswa Mlondolozi 2014-08-04 08:10:38 AM
Yes China are not my big top five but please don't try to use the media to give a resean why you are suporting USA, if one has been out played he must go back to the table and see what the can change than making others look like terrorist. China and Russia have out play you guys. The question here is what's your plan to out play them without killing.
Raymon McNelly 2014-08-04 08:28:40 AM
Just more proof that Kerry is an incompetent clown!
Ngubengwekazi Afrika 2014-08-04 08:29:06 AM
No wonder US politicians are hamstrung to do anything against Israel.
Motofogo Mulilo 2014-08-04 08:45:35 AM
Wow. Spy agencies spying. This is hard hitting piece of news.