According to Der Spiegel magazine, information leaked by Edward Snowden reveals that the NSA was listening in on video conferences at the UN, the European Union, and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
For an assessment of these revelations, VOR’s Rob Sachs spoke with Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
While other countries have long suspected that the UN was bugged, or that the U.S. might be spying on them, Weisbrot points out that the fresh revelations are especially offensive, because the organizations under surveillance had no connection with terrorism, which is the justification for the expansion of NSA surveillance.
The fallout is already meaningful, with some European leaders now reconsidering if they will pursue a planned Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement with the U.S., since the Americans were presumably spying on the Europeans so as to carve out commercial advantages.
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