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Israeli Government Denies Spy Charges

Thu., May 8, 1997, midnight

The Israeli government responded with emphatic denials Wednesday to a report that an FBI probe is under way into alleged Israeli attempts to obtain sensitive U.S. government information, accusing those behind the disclosure of trying to tarnish the Jewish state.

Citing U.S. government sources, the Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency intercepted a communication in January between a senior Israeli intelligence officer in Washington and a superior in Tel Aviv. The conversation referred to a person code-named “Mega” in a way that officials said suggested that Mega may be someone in the U.S. government who had provided information to Israel in the past.

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