Speaker John A. Boehner said he was "a bit shocked" by Wall Street Journal reports that Israeli officials were actively working to undermine U.S. efforts to curtail Iran's nuclear program through diplomacy.
In particular, Boehner said he was "baffled" by allegations Israelis were spying on closed-door talks and leaking intelligence to members of Congress.
"There's no information revealed to me whatsoever," the Ohio Republican said at a Tuesday morning news conference.
In a follow-up question, Boehner clarified that he was surprised by the report, saying, "I'm not aware of that at all." He added he was "not sure what the information was" that Israelis were presumably passing on to fellow lawmakers.
The allegations come a week after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won re-election, and a few days short of a month since the head of state delivered a controversial address to a joint meeting of Congress — at GOP leadership's invitation — in which he railed against President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats who didn't want to pass tougher sanctions against Iran.
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