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Fresh NSA leaks show US bugs on EU missions, embassies

Fresh NSA Leaks Show US Bugs on EU Missions, Embassies

Al Ahed news

US National Security Agency is spying on the European Union mission in New York and its embassy in Washington, according to the latest leaks from former CIA contractor Edward Snowden.

One document lists 38 embassies and missions, describing them as “targets”, including bugs implanted in electronic communications to tap into cables and collection of transmissions with specialized antennae.

The list of “targets” included the EU missions and the French, Italian and Greek embassies, as well as a number of other American allies, including Japan, Mexico, South Korea, India, Turkey as well as Middle Eastern countries.

One of the bugging methods mentioned is codenamed Dropmire, which is “implanted on the Cryptofax at the EU embassy, DC”.

The documents mentioned that the aim of the bugging against the EU embassy in central Washington is to gather inside knowledge of policy disagreements on global issues and other rifts between member states.

These fresh revelations come when there is outrage across the EU over evidence Snowden leaked of NSA eavesdropping on America’s European allies.

The operation against the French mission to the UN had the covername “Blackfoot” and the one against its embassy in Washington was “Wabash”. The Italian embassy in Washington was known to the NSA as both “Bruneau” and “Hemlock”. As for the Greek UN mission, the operation was known as “Powell” and the operation against its embassy was referred to as “Klondyke”.

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US Undermines Reports of Spying on EU

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Responding for the first time to allegations that Washington spied on the European Union and other allies, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Nearly all national governments, not just the United States, use “lots of activities” to safeguard their interests and security.”

The EU has strongly demanded that the United States explain a report in a German magazine that Washington is spying on the group, saying that, if true, the alleged surveillance was “shocking”.

Kerry had confirmed that EU High Representative Catherine Ashton had raised the issue with him in a meeting with him in Brunei but gave no further details of their exchange.

“I will say that every country in the world that is engaged in international affairs and national security undertakes lots of activities to protect its national security and all kinds of information contribute to that,” Kerry told a news conference.

Moreover, EU policymakers said talks for a free trade agreement between Washington and the EU should be frozen until further clarification.

“I was always sure that dictatorships, some authoritarian systems, tried to listen … but measures like that are now practiced by an ally, by a friend, that is shocking, in the case that it is true,” Martin Schulz, president of the EU Parliament, said in an interview with France 2.

US National Security Agency is spying on the European Union mission in New York and its embassy in Washington, according to the latest leaks from former CIA contractor Edward Snowden.

One document lists 38 embassies and missions, describing them as “targets”, including bugs implanted in electronic communications to tap into cables and collection of transmissions with specialized antennae.

The list of “targets” included the EU missions and the French, Italian and Greek embassies, as well as a number of other American allies, including Japan, Mexico, South Korea, India, Turkey as well as Middle Eastern countries.

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Spying on Our Allies: US taps half-billion German phone and internet activities a month

RT

US combs through half a billion of German phone calls, emails and text messages on a monthly basis and has classified its European ally on the same target level as China, a German news magazine revealed.

The NSA document leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden and published by Der Spiegel classified Germany as a “third-class” partner, on the same level as China, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, meaning that the US surveillance in Germany was stronger than in any other EU country.

“We can attack the signals of most foreign third-class partners, and we do it too,” the document states.

It revealed that NSA monitors phone calls, text messages, emails and internet chat contributions and has saved the metadata (connections and not the content) at its headquarters.

A general view of the large former monitoring base of the U.S. intelligence organization National Security Agency (NSA) in Bad Aibling south of Munich (Reuters / Michaela Rehle)

NSA snooped through 20-60 million German phone connections and 10 million internet data sets a day, Der Spiegel claims.

In comparison, US tapped around 2 million connection data a day in France.

The only countries exempt from the surveillance attacks were Canada, Australia, Britain and New Zealand.

Snowden’s documents already revealed that NSA had spied on EU, including Germany, but the extent of surveillance was not known.

Spiegel’s earlier report, which revealed that European citizens, employees of the EU diplomatic missions in Washington and the UN were under electronic surveillance from the NSA, was met with anger from EU policymakers.

Germany demanded an “immediate” US response over bugging allegations, adding that this kind of surveillance was reminiscent of the Cold War.

“It must ultimately be immediately and extensively explained by the American side whether media reports about completely disproportionate tapping measures by the US in the EU are accurate or not,” Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said in a statement.

The president of the European parliament has also demanded an explanation from US authorities over the latest revelation.

“I am deeply worried and shocked about the allegations of US authorities spying on EU offices,” said Martin Schulz. “If the allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-US relations.”

The whistleblower behind the leaked documents, Snowden, has left US for Hong Kong in May and currently remains in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport while Ecuador reviews his asylum request.

Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee and ex-staff member of a private contractor working for the NSA, disclosed secret documents revealing US surveillance program PRISM and British secret Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) sharing its intelligence with NSA, as part of the Tempora data collection project.

The US has charged Snowden with espionage and is trying to extradite him.

One response to “Fresh NSA leaks show US bugs on EU missions, embassies

  1. Pingback: How Come Everyone’s Surprised That The US Was Spying On Them? | Stirring Trouble i

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