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March 30, 2015

How the NSA Bugged the UN

New documents released to Der Spiegel by Edward Snowden reveal how the National Security Agency “infiltrated the Europeans’ internal computer network between New York and Washington, used US embassies abroad to intercept communications and eavesdropped on video conferences of UN diplomats.”

“The surveillance is intensive and well-organized — and it has little or nothing to do with counter-terrorism… The espionage attack on the EU is not only a surprise for most European diplomats, who until now assumed that they maintained friendly ties to the US government. It is also remarkable because the NSA has rolled out the full repertoire of intelligence-gathering tools — and has apparently been taking this approach for many years now.”

“The combination of this new access to the UN and the cracked encryption code have led to ‘a dramatic improvement in VTC data quality and (the) ability to decrypt the VTC traffic,’ the NSA agents noted with great satisfaction: ‘This traffic is getting us internal UN VTCs (yay!).'”

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