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Chuck Hagel 'Not Aware' of Israeli Spy Operations Targeting U.S.

 / Updated  / Source: Reuters
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, right, speak following a meeting in Tel Aviv on Thursday.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, right, speak following a meeting in Tel Aviv on Thursday.Mandel Ngan / AP

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TEL AVIV, Israel - Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said on Thursday he was unaware of any truth to a media report that Israel has been spying on the United States.

Asked during a press conference in Tel Aviv about a Newsweek magazine story quoting unnamed U.S. officials as saying Israel was conducting major spying operations against the United States, Hagel said: "I have heard of that report. I'm not aware of any facts that would substantiate the report."

Israeli officials have denied the allegation, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called it a "malicious calumny."

- Reuters

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