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Shocker! (Not): NSA Monitors The UN And IAEA

From a seemingly gobsmacked Reuters:

U.S. spy agency bugged U.N. headquarters: Germany’s Spiegel

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The U.S. National Security Agency has bugged the United Nations’ New York headquarters, Germany’s Der Spiegel weekly said on Sunday in a report on U.S. spying that could further strain relations between Washington and its allies.

Citing secret U.S. documents obtained by fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel said the files showed how the United States systematically spied on other states and institutions.

Der Spiegel said the European Union and the U.N.’s Vienna-based nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), were among those targeted by U.S. intelligence agents.

These are more ‘non-revelation’ revelations from Mr. Snowden. Spying is what NSA is supposed to do. In fact, that is why governments have intelligence agencies. Besides, it’s not like the UN isn’t an enemy of the US.

In the summer of 2012, NSA experts succeeded in getting into the U.N. video conferencing system and cracking its coding system, according one of the documents cited by Der Spiegel.

“The data traffic gives us internal video teleconferences of the United Nations (yay!),” Der Spiegel quoted one document as saying, adding that within three weeks the number of decoded communications rose to 458 from 12…

Thankfully, this report will put an end to that source.

According to the documents, the NSA runs a bugging programme in more than 80 embassies and consulates worldwide called “Special Collection Service”. “The surveillance is intensive and well organised and has little or nothing to do with warding off terrorists,” wrote Der Spiegel…

‘Warding off terrorism’ is not the only mission of the US intelligence community. Besides, who says embassies don’t help terrorists?

Earlier this month, U.S. President Barack Obama announced plans to limit U.S. government surveillance programmes, saying the United States could and should be more transparent…

Again, we don’t believe it is at all far-fetched that Obama is encouraging all of this information to come out now, in order to further erode our national security.

Meanwhile, speaking of the hero Snowden, we have this report on another foreign report, also via Reuters:

Snowden got stuck in Russia after Cuba blocked entry: newspaper

By Katya Golubkova| August 26, 2013

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden got stuck in the transit zone of a Moscow airport because Havana said it would not let him fly from Russia to Cuba, a Russian newspaper reported on Monday.

Snowden, who is wanted in the United States for leaking details of U.S. government surveillance programs, had planned to fly to Havana from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport a day after arriving from Hong Kong on June 23.

Somehow we are not surprised.

But Snowden, who eventually accepted a year’s asylum in Russia after spending nearly six weeks at Sheremetyevo, did not show up for the flight although he had been allocated a seat.

Citing several sources, including one close to the U.S. State Department, Kommersant newspaper said the reason was that at the last minute Cuba told officials to stop Snowden from boarding the Aeroflot flight. It said Cuba had changed its mind after pressure by the United States, which wants to try Snowden on espionage charges…

Reuters could not immediately verify the report. Allowing Snowden to land would have put Cuba’s relations with the United States at risk.

Clearly, Cuba cares more about its relations with the US than Russia does.

Ties between the United States and Russia were strained when Moscow granted Snowden asylum. Following the disagreement over Snowden, U.S. President Barack Obama postponed a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin planned for next month.

But not because of Snowden. But because Mr. Putin is mean to gays.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, August 26th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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