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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Israel Denies Spying on U.S., FBI Suspects Pentagon Aide

JERUSALEM -- Israel denied on Saturday spying on its main ally, the United States, responding to suspicions a Pentagon analyst passed secret papers to the Jewish state about one of its most bitter enemies, Iran.

U.S. government sources said Friday that the FBI was investigating an analyst connected to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's office on suspicion he gave classified documents to Israel via the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

The sources declined to identify the suspect and said no one had been arrested and no charges brought. An official in Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office denied the allegations.

"Israel has no connection with the matter," the source said. "The United States is Israel's greatest ally and Israel is not engaged in intelligence activity in the United States and denies all the reports."

Israeli officials insisted Israel had not spied on the United States since being caught red-handed two decades ago in an espionage scandal involving U.S. Navy analyst Jonathan Pollard, arrested in 1985 outside the Israeli Embassy.

In a brief statement, the U.S. Defense Department said it had been cooperating on the matter with the Justice Department for some time and understood the investigation was limited in scope.