timesofisrael.com The US National Security Agency routinely passed private, unedited communications of American citizens to Israel, an expert on the intelligence agency said Wednesday citing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories FREE SIGN UP! James Bamford, writing in the New York Times’ Op-Ed section, 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. “It’s one of the biggest abuses we’ve seen,” Bamford quoted Snowden as saying. Snowden said the material was routinely transferred to Unit 8200, a top Israeli intelligence division of the military, which acts as the Israeli counterpart to the NSA. Bamford cited a memorandum of understanding between the NSA and 8200 outlining transfers that have occurred since 2009. to read more: timesofisrael.com
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