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The National Security Agency (NSA) shares first hand intelligence with Israel without omitting personal details of U.S citizens, shows top-secret document handing over by Edward Snowden to The Guardian Newspaper.

Document shows that US government handed over intercepted communications likely to contain phone calls and emails of American citizens. The details are shared under an intelligence-sharing agreement which doesn’t include any rule limiting the use of by the Israelis.

The contract was signed in March 2009, according to the undated memorandum putting the privacy of U.S citizens in the hand of a foreign country.

Five-page document shows the handover of personal details of U.S citizens yet repeatedly stressing over the constitutional rights of Americans to privacy and how Israel should respect these rights.

The document clearly states that:

  • NSA routinely sends minimized and unminimized raw collection of data to ISNU [Israeli Sigint National Unit].

According to the document, all data is handed over in trust and according to U.S laws, where Israel assured that none of the provided data will be misused whatsoever. However, the rules are not backed up by legal obligations.

  • This agreement is not intended to create any legally enforceable rights and shall not be construed to be either an international agreement or a legally binding instrument according to international law’.

Guardian reports that NSA did not denied the handing over of personal data of American citizens to Israel, yet kept on insisting that all shared intelligence is according to rules and regulation that does not disobey privacy rules.

You can read more about the issue on the official website of Guardian website and to read the five-page documents, click here.

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