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Old 06-30-2013, 08:30 AM
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Der Spiegel: U.S. Bugged EU Offices, Computer Networks

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The United States bugged European Union offices and gained access to EU internal computer networks, according to secret documents cited in a German magazine on Saturday, the latest in a series of exposures of alleged U.S. spy programs.

Der Spiegel cited from a September 2010 "top secret" document of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) which it said fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden had taken with him and which the weekly's journalists had seen in part.

The document outlines how the NSA bugged offices and spied on EU internal computer networks in Washington and at the United Nations, not only listening to conversations and phone calls but also gaining access to documents and emails.

The document explicitly called the EU a "target."

A slew of Snowden's disclosures in foreign media about U.S. surveillance programs have ignited a political furor in the United States and abroad over the balance between privacy rights and national security.

According to Der Spiegel, the NSA also targeted telecommunications at the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels, home to the European Council that groups EU national governments, by calling a remote maintenance unit.

Without citing sources, the magazine reported that more than five years ago security officers at the EU had noticed and traced several missed calls to NSA offices within the NATO compound in Brussels.

Each EU member state has rooms in Justus Lipsius with phone and Internet connections, which ministers can use.

Reaction from senior EU officials was swift.


In Berlin, the president of the European Parliament said he was "deeply worried and shocked about the allegations of U.S. authorities spying on EU offices" made in the report. Martin Schulz said if the reports were confirmed "it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-U.S. relations."

Green Party leaders in the European Parliament, Rebecca Harms and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, called for an immediate investigation into the reports and suggested that further negotiations on a trans-Atlantic trade treaty be put on hold. They also called for existing U.S.-EU agreements on the exchange of bank transfer and passenger record information to be canceled.
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/US-...6/29/id/512602

Actually it is laughable. I am curious, how the NSA could find what they want in this cacophony? Good luck guys
 
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:21 PM
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New NSA Spying Allegations Enrage European Allies

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The Obama administration faced a breakdown in confidence Sunday from key foreign allies who threatened investigations and sanctions against the U.S. over secret surveillance programs that reportedly installed covert listening devices in European Union offices.

U.S. intelligence officials said they will directly discuss with EU officials the new allegations, reported in Sunday's editions of the German news weekly Der Spiegel. But the former head of the CIA and National Security Agency urged the White House to make the spy programs more transparent to calm public fears about the American government's snooping.

It was the latest backlash in a nearly monthlong global debate over the reach of U.S. surveillance that aims to prevent terror attacks. The two programs, both run by the NSA, pick up millions of telephone and Internet records that are routed through American networks each day. They have raised sharp concerns about whether they violate public privacy rights at home and abroad.

Several European officials — including in Germany, Italy, France, Luxembourg and the EU government itself — said the new revelations could scuttle ongoing negotiations on a trans-Atlantic trade treaty that, ultimately, seeks to create jobs and boost commerce by billions annually in what would be the world's largest free trade area.
I found this part interesting:

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Hayden also defended a secretive U.S. court that weighs whether to allow the government to seize the Internet and phone records from private companies. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is made up of federal judges but does not consider objections from defense attorneys in considering the government's request for records.

Last year, the government asked the court to approve 1,789 applications to spy on foreign intelligence targets, according to a Justice Department notice to Congress dated April 30. The court approved all but one — and that was withdrawn by the government.
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/NSA...6/30/id/512684
 
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:25 PM
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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".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013...uropean-allies

LOL, I prefered the French resistance cryptology "John has a long mustache, I repeat "John has a long mustache".
 
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In World Espionage, France Emerges As Key U.s. Adversary The Quest Is For Economic Secrets. The Prime Targets Are Advanced Technologies, Such As Computers.

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"The French espionage effort is the most systematic, most widespread, most aggressive and most difficult to deal with," said Peter Schweizer, author of the forthcoming book Friendly Spies.
http://articles.philly.com/1992-10-2...ir-france-dgse

Reading all these stories, I think Hollywood have some wonderful days ahead to make TV series in the Alias style
 
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