Skip to main content

An activist from the Internet Party of Ukraine participates during a rally supporting Edward Snowden, a former contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), in front of U.S. embassy, in Kiev June 27, 2013. Former U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden was
This is certainly going to help the U.S. as it tries to work with the UN Security Council to find a response to the situation in Syria.
Aug 25 (Reuters) - 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.[...]

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.

Yay, indeed.

The files also show that the NSA spied on the European Union's legation in New York, and included "plans of the EU mission, its IT infrastructure and servers." In addition, the NSA monitored the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The documents also detail bugging programs in more than 80 embassies and consulates called "Special Collection Service." Der Spiegel writes of the program that the "surveillance is intensive and well organised and has little or nothing to do with warding off terrorists."

It's a game. "Let's see if we can hack into UN video conferences!" "Why?" "To see if we can." And they do it. They do it because they can and because they keep getting the money do it. And if they expand their programs, they can keep asking for more money to do it and do more. And because no one is keeping tabs, they can cry "terrorism" and freak out the appropriators enough to get that money. Whether it has anything to do with terrorism or not.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Meteor Blades, bink, paradox, Ed in Montana, RF, Bill in Portland Maine, grollen, glitterscale, msl, emal, PeterHug, Bob Love, Shockwave, CleverNickName, RFK Lives, grover, TheMomCat, bronte17, Einsteinia, ask, boadicea, chuckvw, antirove, TexDem, mrkvica, QuoVadis, lcrp, dkmich, randallt, fran1, Skennet Boch, davidincleveland, humphrey, ZZZzzz, Tinfoil Hat, ichibon, corvo, run around, stagemom, david78209, YucatanMan, Laurence Lewis, eru, Sandino, Tool, Ozzie, Tunk, splashoil, LeftOverAmerica, WB Reeves, Medium Head Boy, cardboardurinal, blueoasis, triv33, praenomen, StrayCat, JVolvo, sceptical observer, onionjim, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, kurt, NonnyO, cpresley, BentLiberal, pgm 01, devis1, BruceMcF, psychodrew, Stwriley, yoduuuh do or do not, deepeco, suejazz, davehouck, bobswern, jnhobbs, leonard145b, JML9999, poligirl, Thomas Twinnings, Involuntary Exile, Buckeye Nut Schell, temptxan, petulans, Uncle Bob, rhutcheson, CIndyCasella, cybrestrike, MufsMom, J M F, zmom, banjolele, maryabein, fToRrEeEsSt, UnaSpenser, catilinus, ruscle, Just Bob, FogCityJohn, flitedocnm, yellowdogsal, angelajean, Lost and Found, Klaus, gulfgal98, tb mare, Lady Libertine, Johnny Q, 4kedtongue, Publius2008, Betty Pinson, DrTerwilliker, Floande, slice, annieli, MidwestTreeHugger, allenjo, I love OCD, Lost Left Coaster, ozsea1, Jazzenterprises, FarWestGirl, PrescottPatriot, Sunspots, DRo, SouthernLiberalinMD, annecros, allergywoman, No one gets out alive, quill, mbrock49, anodnhajo, DeadHead, CharlesII, greenbastard, Joieau, 420 forever, Horace Boothroyd III, George3, mythatsme, atana, quince, 3rock, aresea, Alhambra, JosephK74, Demeter Rising, Not A Bot, Kombema, Victor Ward, Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees, DSanchez

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site