Document reveals NSA spied on phone calls of 35 leaders of countries


The American government, which has had to deal with criticism from it’s allies over allegations of spying, is in even more hot water after it was revealed that they are listening in on the phone calls of 35 nation leaders. This information was revealed in one of the documents that was released by Edward Snowden.

According to the document, “in one recent case, a US official provided NSA with 200 phone numbers to 35 world leaders …Despite the fact that the majority is probably available via open source, the PCs [intelligent production centers] have noted 43 previous unknown phone numbers. These numbers plus several others have been tasked.

This week has been full of European backlash against the American government over the spying allegations. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has publicly made complaints about her mobile phone being monitored. “The [German] federal government, as a close ally and partner of the US, expects in the future a clear contractual basis for the activity of the services their co-operation,” she said to Barack Obama.

The report also states that in NSA’s investigations into the nation leaders, they learned very little of value, so one wonders why the US would take the risk of angering their allies by carrying out their current conduct.

[via the guardian]

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  • Coyote

    Anyone in a political or sociological position where their words, their opinions effect a mass number of people should expect, nay volunteer this information. All the backlash is just a way for those in high positions to try to point the finger when they get caught saying things that their constituents wouldn’t agree with.

    Much like the former head of the NSA being caught gossiping on a crowded train just last week, these people need to watch what they say more than any of us do. And they shouldn’t just filter or censor themselves they should speak truthfully and honestly about any subject that involves the people. Until we get some semblance of this we will continue to fight corruption and back-room dealings till the end.

  • kevbo

    Of course we spy on our allies, as well as our adversaries; we’d be fools if we didn’t. And I would expect them to spy on us as well. I’m sure all the leaders who are ‘outraged’ by this news knew that their communications were, at least to some extent, being monitored. And even though they must have know something like this was going on, surprise, outrage, and indignation is the only reaction possible. Likewise,we would react if the extent of foreign powers’ surveillance on our communications were thrown out into the open like this, even though we know it is being done.

    n.n is correct. This is the way the game is played.

    “We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow. ”

    – Henry John Temple Palmerston, Remarks in the House of Commons, March 1, 1848

    The US is no different more than 150 years later. Although politically our goals may be similar to our allies, our economic and commercial interests are often in conflict.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    [@Louis] “killing innocent civilians”? Don’t you mean “collateral damage”? That’s what the US government calls the innocent women and children it kills by drone strike.

  • Well done NSA, kick your friends in the teeth.

    Seamus is right : We should start looking at how other countries experience what’s coming towards them from the US, and flip the coin and consider what would be the hysterical reaction from within the US — whether it’s spying on your friends, bombing and killing innocent civilians, torturing prisoners or whatever else we don’t (yet) know of.

  • steve

    The article has an error. It is 36 world leaders. Obama has a cell phone.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    Can you imagine the outrage that would pour from Washington it Oblunder’s phone was found to have been tapped by the Russians or North Koreans? There would be no end to the rhetoric.

  • Ashraf

    [@n.n] I agree. Spying on each other is normal. However, I believe the outrage is over US spying on leaders of nations, many of whom are allies of the country.

  • n.n

    They spy on us. We spy on them. This is not a revelation.