Sunday, June 30

Snowden reveals NSA spied on E.U. officials. Here's how Germany's SPIEGEL headlined the report:

 "Attacks from America: NSA spied on European Union Offices"

Yes; technically, the alleged NSA actions were an "attack" because they went beyond 'listening' to break-ins and interfering with computers.  As you might imagine the Europeans are very angry about the situation. So far the best comment is from Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn: "If these reports are true, it's disgusting. The United States would be better off monitoring its secret services rather than its allies."

A tip for the Obama administration and Obama news media: I would tell your propagandists to refrain from deploying the excuse, 'They do it too; everybody does it.' No, not everybody does this.

The Obama administration and NSA have been greatly exceeding their authorities for years.  They got away with so much because they could behind the veil of "Top Secret."  There was simply no one to call them out, until Edward Snowden, and he had to become a thief to do it.

From the SPIEGEL Online International edition, June 29, 2013:

Attacks from America: NSA spied on European Union Offices
By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Fidelius Schmid and Holger Stark

America's NSA intelligence service allegedly targeted the European Union with its spying activities. According to SPIEGEL information, the US placed bugs in the EU representation in Washington and infiltrated its computer network. Cyber attacks were also perpetrated against Brussels in New York and Washington.

Information obtained by SPIEGEL shows that America's National Security Agency (NSA) not only conducted online surveillance of European citizens, but also appears to have specifically targeted buildings housing European Union institutions. The information appears in secret documents obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden that SPIEGEL has in part seen. A "top secret" 2010 document describes how the secret service attacked the EU's diplomatic representation in Washington.

The document suggests that in addition to installing bugs in the building in downtown Washington, DC, the EU representation's computer network was also infiltrated. In this way, the Americans were able to access discussions in EU rooms as well as emails and internal documents on computers.

The attacks on EU institutions show yet another level in the broad scope of the NSA's spying activities. For weeks now, new details about Prism and other surveillance programs have been emerging that had been compiled by whistleblower Snowden. Details have also emerged that the British intelligence service GCHQ operates a similar program under the name Tempora with which global telephone and Internet connections are monitored.

The documents SPIEGEL has seen indicate that the EU representation to the United Nations was attacked in a manner similar to the way surveillance was conducted against its offices in Washington. An NSU document dated September 2010 explicitly names the Europeans as a "location target"

The documents also indicate the US intelligence service was responsible for an electronic eavesdropping operation in Brussels. A little over five years ago, EU security experts noticed several telephone calls that were apparently targeting the remote maintenance system in the Justus Lipsius Building where the EU Council of Ministers and the European Council is located. The calls were made to numbers that were very close to the one used for the remote administration of the building's telephone system.

Security officials managed to track the calls to NATO headquarters in the Brussels suburb of Evere. A precise analysis showed that the attacks on the telecommunications system had originated from a building complex separated from the rest of the NATO headquarters that is used by NSA experts.

A review of the remote maintenance system showed that it had been called and reached several times from precisely that NATO complex.


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