US DOS Affirms Obama Administration's ‘No Spy’ Policy on Foreign Leaders

© AP PhotoA sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade
A sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade - Sputnik International
The Obama administration does not spy on foreign leaders, despite recent reports that US intelligence spied on top Israeli officials, US Department of State spokesperson John Kirby said on Monday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) had eavesdropped on communications between high-level Israeli officials and members of the US Congress during the Iran nuclear deal negotiations.

"President [Barack] Obama made it very clear that we are not going to conduct foreign intelligence operations on leaders," Kirby said when pressed about the reports of US spying.

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Moreover, he affirmed that the spying prohibition "of course" applies to US lawmakers, whose communications were reportedly intercepted by the NSA.

Following the revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden of the mass US spying on friendly foreign governments, as well as US citizens, Obama announced in 2014 that the United States would not spy on its close allies, unless it serves a national security purpose.

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