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The White House has learned that Israel has been spying on the closed-door talks between the P5+1 powers and Iran, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Citing “current and former US officials,” the paper says the spying operation was “part of a broader campaign” by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government “to penetrate the negotiations and then help build a case against the emerging terms of the deal.”

In addition to eavesdropping, Israel allegedly acquired information “from confidential US briefings, informants and diplomatic contacts in Europe.”

The White House was reportedly particularly upset by Israel's use of the information in talks with US lawmakers, intended to derail the Iran talks. “It is one thing for the US and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal US secrets and play them back to US legislators to undermine US diplomacy,” a senior US official told the Journal.

The White House discovered the operation, according to the report, “when US intelligence agencies spying on Israel intercepted communications among Israeli officials that carried details the US believed could have come only from access to the confidential talks.”