President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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The U.S. National Security Agency's foreign eavesdropping included phone conversations between top Israeli officials and U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing current and former U.S. officials.The NSA reports allowed Obama administration officials to peer inside Israeli efforts to turn Congress against the deal, according to the Journal.Following former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures of the agency's spying operations, President Barack Obama announced in January 2014 that the United States would curb its eavesdropping of friendly world leaders.After Israel's lobbying campaign against the Iran nuclear deal went into full swing on Capitol Hill, it did not take long for administration and intelligence officials to realize the NSA was sweeping up the content of conversations with American lawmakers, the newspaper said.The NSA director can issue a waiver if he determines the communications contain "significant foreign intelligence," the Journal said.
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