Private: NSA spies on UN diplomats in NYC

The Observer reports on a leaked NSA document detailing a U.S. plan to intercept home and office telephone conversations and email of UN delegates in New York. The object is to find out what it will take to win the delegates’ approval for a war on Iraq.

The disclosures were made in a memorandum written by a top official at the National Security Agency – the US body which intercepts communications around the world – and circulated to both senior agents in his organisation and to a friendly foreign intelligence agency asking for its input….

The leaked memorandum makes clear that the target of the heightened surveillance efforts are the delegations from Angola, Cameroon, Chile, Mexico, Guinea and Pakistan at the UN headquarters in New York – the so-called ‘Middle Six’ delegations whose votes are being fought over by the pro-war party, led by the US and Britain, and the party arguing for more time for UN inspections, led by France, China and Russia. (Link via The Situation Room.)

Ari Fleischer, February 25, 2003:

You’re saying that the leaders of other nations are buyable. And that is not an acceptable proposition.

The U.S. media don’t seem to be reporting the leaked memorandum.

Update: Matt forwards this article, saying “consider the source, but…”

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