File - In this Jan. 14, 2018, file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting with the Palestinian Central Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)
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A former Palestinian intelligence chief and the head of the West Bank bar association are suing the Palestinian self-rule government after a purported whistleblower alleged the two were targeted, along with many other allies and rivals of President Mahmoud Abbas, in a large-scale CIA-backed wiretapping operation. Allegations of continued intelligence-sharing with the United States could prove embarrassing for Abbas, who has been on a political collision course with Washington since President Donald Trump's recognition in December of occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital.The document alleges that three of the Palestinian security services set up a joint electronic surveillance unit in mid-2014 and monitored the phone calls of thousands of Palestinians, from senior figures in armed groups to judges, lawyers, civic leaders and political allies of Abbas.Bar association head Jawad Obeidat told the Associated Press Monday that transcripts of his phone conversations, as published in the document, were accurate.The document included a copy of an invitation letter purportedly issued by TeleStrategies to two senior Palestinian security officers to attend an "ISS World Middle East Intelligence Support Systems Conference" at the Dubai Marriott from March 3-5, 2014 .
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