The United States administration has been listening to telephone conversations between the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Iranian diplomats, according to a report in Washington Post on Sunday. US government officials say the aim of the alleged eavesdropping practice was to collect information to remove the UN bureaucrat from his post. Following the above report the White House spokesperson said yesterday that U.S. authorities have always supported the idea that UN officials should not stay in power for more than two terms. It is based on this principle she said that the US administration is not supporting Dr. Mohammed El Baradei’s candidacy for a third term. The White House spokesperson refused to comment on eavesdropping accusations saying she can not comment on intelligence issues. Alexander Downer the Australian foreign minister, is Washington’s preferred candidate for the top post at the IAEA but reports indicate that he is not willing to challenge Mr. El Baradei. Those intercepted calls have produced no evidence of misconduct by the agency, although some believe he was soft on Iran when he helped the Islamic Republic to overcome a diplomatic crisis over its nuclear programs.