Former Israeli Ambassador Suddenly Can’t Hear MSNBC When Asked About Kerry Spying
Convenient technical glitch or deliberate evasion? On Monday, when MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell attempted to ask former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren about accusations that Israel had eavesdropped on Secretary of State John Kerry during last year’s peace negotiations, the audio feed connecting the two apparently went bad.
Speaking from Tel Aviv, Oren was defending the Israeli government’s military operation in Gaza when Mitchell asked him one last question.
“And I just have to ask you very briefly, in ten seconds, were you aware any of eavesdropping on John Kerry by Israeli intelligence?” she inquired.
After a brief pause, he replied: “Andrea, I cannot hear you, I’m sorry.” The host tried to get through once more, but Oren again reached for his ear piece, saying, “I’m in Tel Aviv, I cannot hear you, I’m sorry.”
“Okay, we’ll clarify that later, thank you very much,” Mitchell said before moving on to her next story.
According to a report in Der Spiegel, the alleged eavesdropping incident occurred during the 2013 peace talks, when Oren was still Israel’s ambassador to the United States.