Greenwald’s original: 1478 words. Here: 204.
Using documents provided by Edward Snowden, Greenwald reveals, along with Laura Poitras and Ewan MacAskill, that the NSA shares its Signals Intelligence (Sigint) with Isreal, with a few stipulations. For data pertaining to American citizens, the NSA requests that Israel keep the files for only a year, and not retain any information revealing the identity of the American citizen. If there is evidence the American is “an official of the US government,” Isreal is to “destroy upon recognition.” However:
“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,” the document says.
The NSA declined to comment on whether the FISA court signed off on this program, whether Americas partners the “Five Eyes” of surveillance (Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Britain had similar agreements with Isreal, or how many times US data had been found int the intelligence provided to Israel. However, NSA insists they comply with all legal restrictions.
In comments on the OhTarzie blog, Greenwald testily defends his journalism against those who
think he should release all or nearly all documents to the public ASAP. “recommend more alacrity in releasing the info to foreign news markets and to technical people.” (Correction from comments.)