User:Am90UOW/US spied on Russian President Medvedev at G20 meeting

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Barack Obama & Dmitry Medvedev at Medvedev's dacha 2009-07-06

According to a document leaked on [insert date] by US National Security Agency (NSA) whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the NSA intercepted communications of former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the 2009 G-20 Summit in London.

The document shows that Medvedev's correspondences were intercepted the day of his arrival in London, shortly after a meeting with US President Barack Obama. That particular meeting promised a "fresh start" in the relations between the US and Russia. In a report drafted four months after the meetings, the NSA shared details of the communications with officials from Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

The report, viewed by The Guardian, says: "This is an analysis of signal activity in support of President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to London. The report details a change in the way Russian leadership signals have been normally transmitted."

Further leaks from Snowden reveal that the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), working alongside the NSA, was also involved in spying on delegates at the 2009 G20 meetings. Some delegates had their phone calls and messages intercepted and their emails monitored. The documents show that GCHQ set up internet cafes with key logging software to obtain the delegates credentials and provided "sustained intelligence options against [the delegates] even after conference has finished," one document stated.

GCQH passed a summary of the intercepted communications to British representatives as the G20 talks were taking place. "In a live situation such as this, intelligence received may be used to influence events on the ground taking place just minutes or hours later. This means that it is not sufficient to mine call records afterwards – real-time tip-off is essential," one of the documents stated.

The Guardian reports that the documents suggest the surveillance operation was sanctioned at a senior level in the British government.

The documents show that Turkish finance minister, Mehmet Simsek, and the Turkish delegation were particular targets of the GCHQ operation, with a view to establishing Turkey's "willingness (or not) to co-operate with the rest of the G20 nations," one document read.


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