USA spies friends and allies – Greece as well

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They bugged everything they could: phones and computers. If US National Security agency spied even EU officials, you think a tiny country like Greece would have escaped the American Big Brother?  Through operations Prism and Tempora Washington collected data transmitted by implants, or bugs, placed inside electronic devices, and another covert operation that appears to provide a copy of everything on a targeted computer’s hard drive.

The German magazine Der Spiegel reported at the weekend that some of the bugging operations in Brussels targeting the EU’s Justus Lipsius building – a venue for summit and ministerial meetings in the Belgian capital – were directed from within Nato headquarters nearby. In Germany alone NSA taps half a billion phone calls, emails and text messages on average each month.

Although the latest documents are part of an NSA haul leaked by Snowden, it is not clear in each case whether the surveillance was being exclusively done by the NSA – which is most probable as the embassies and missions are technically overseas – or by the FBI or the CIA, or a combination of them. The 2010 document describes the operation as “close access domestic collection”.

The operation against the French mission to the UN had the covername “Blackfoot” and the one against its embassy in Washington was “Wabash”. The Italian embassy in Washington was known to the NSA as both “Bruneau” and “Hemlock”.

The eavesdropping of the Greek UN mission was known as “Powell” and the operation against its embassy was referred to as “Klondyke”. (full article Guardian)

So far there has been no reaction on the Greek side. Spokesman of Greek Foreign Ministry said Monday afternoon that Athens is going to ask for explanations form Washington.

The US-spying scandal was revealed by Edward Snowden, the 30-year-old former NSA contractor and computer analyst whose leaks have ignited a global row over the extent of US and UK electronic surveillance.

A statement is expected from Washington.

Friendly advice: watch out when you’re out for partying

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PS Cicero is astil alive. O Tempora, o mores! Oh what times! Oh what customs!