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Israel spied on Kerry last year, German magazine claims

Der Spiegel says at least one other intelligence agency were listening in on US Secretary of State during MidEast peace talks

Israel spied on Kerry last year, German magazine claims
US Secretary of State John Kerry. (Getty Images)

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.

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