Report: NSA Shares Data on U.S. Citizens With Israel

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The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been sharing “raw intelligence data” with Israel, without first deleting information about American citizens, according to a report in the British newspaper, The Guardian, Wednesday, based on leaks by Edward Snowden.

Snowden reportedly disclosed a memorandum of understanding between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart the Israeli Sigint National Unit (ISNU) “pertaining to the protection of U.S. persons.”

The document refers to unevaluated transcripts, gists, facsimiles, and voice and Digital Network Intelligence metadata and content passed from the NSA to ISNU. Prior to sharing information with a foreign agency, according to the report.

An NSA spokesperson told The Guardian that the agency “complied with all rules governing privacy,” but did not directly deny the allegations made in the report.