Wall Street Journal says NSA wiretapped Israeli officials

US House of Representative committee asks NSA to give information over Wall Street Journal report claiming that NSA wiretapped Israeli officials, US congressmen

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Sign outside the National Security Administration (NSA) building in Fort Meade, Md

A US House of Representative committee has asked the National Security Agency (NSA) on Wednesday about the information that was released in the Wall Street Journal claiming that the agency was spying on Israeli officials and intercepting communications between the Israelis and members of US Congress.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and subcommittee Chairman Ron DeSantis wrote a letter to NSA Director Michael Rogers raising "questions concerning the processes NSA employees follow in determining whether intercepted communications involved members of Congress."

The Wall Street Journal also said according to current and former US officials, NSA targeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and some other Israeli officials while they started a campaign against the Iran nuclear deal in Capitol Hill, Washington DC.

The Wall Street Journal also reported that NSA wiretapped Israeli officials and spied on the details about their lobbying efforts, including their conversations with lawmakers and Jewish-American groups.

The Republicans Chaffetz and DeSantis asked Rogers to provide information on how the NSA determined lawmakers’ communications have been tapped and how much leeway agency employees have in passing on the intercepts to other US agencies and the White House.

The committee also requested a briefing by the NSA.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a California Republican, announced on Wednesday his panel will ask for more information from the officials who are investigating the allegations.

"The Committee has requested additional information from the IC to determine which, if any, of these allegations are true, and whether the IC followed all applicable laws, rules, and procedures," Nunes said in a statement.

The WSJ also said that the NSA followed rules that required the removal of the names of American citizens and lawmakers from its intelligence reports referenced in the Israeli communications which were tapped.

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