Morell: We Should Spy on Anybody Based on Our National Security Interest

‘I would say that we should always keep open the option of being able to spy on anybody when it’s our national security interest’

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DICKERSON: “Quickly, last 30 seconds, reports U.S. Spying on Israeli officials, put that into context or explain that to us.”
MORELL: “So, can’t comment about specific intelligence activities of course in this case I don’t know what exactly what’s happening. I’d say a couple of things. One is, we’re looking at two different issues here. One issue is a decision to spy perhaps on an ally. That’s decision that’s made at the highest levels of our government, that’s where it should be made. I would say that we should always keep open the option of being able to spy on anybody when it’s our national security interest. Second issue is how information with regard to Netanyahu’s discussions about his relationship with the U.S. Congress are handled by the intelligence community. There are very specific rules about that. And the Congress is looking into whether those rules were followed in this case.”
DICKERSON: “Thanks so much. We’ll be back in a moment.”

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