User:KuduIO/U.S. allegedly spied on EU offices, computer networks

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Monday, July 1, 2013

The German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that the United States bugged European Union offices and gained access to its internal computer networks.

This is the latest of a series of revelations about alleged U.S. surveillance programs. The magazine cited a September 2010 document of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). It was obtained by fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who came into the international spotlight earlier this month when The Guardian and The Washington Post began publishing top secret documents that he had leaked to them.

The document explicitly calls the EU a "target" and outlines how the NSA bugged its offices and spied on its internal computer networks, in Washington, at the United Nations and at the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels, which houses the European Council. It listened to its conversations and gained access to documents and emails. Der Spiegel's journalists have seen the document in part.

The magazine mentioned the discovery of phone and Internet taps at the Justus Lipsuis building by EU security experts "more than five years ago". It is not clear whether this is the same discovery of wiretaps that was announced by the EU in 2003.

The weekly also reported that security officers at the EU had noticed and traced numerous missed calls from within the NATO headquarters in Brussels to NSA offices.

European Parliament president Martin Schulz said that if the allegations are true, "it's a huge scandal."

Snowden, now 30 years old, has been in the transit area of a Moscow airport since last weekend and has technically not entered Russia. The government of Ecuador will consider his request for asylum once he is on their territory.