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NSA Spied on EU Offices: Article from Spiegel Online with Snowden Video and NEW Assange Video.

Attacks from America: NSA Spied on European Union Offices

By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Fidelius Schmid and Holger Stark

The National Security Administration headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland: The NSA conducted digital eavesdropping against EU facilities.

The National Security Administration headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland: The NSA conducted digital eavesdropping against EU facilities.

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 European Union 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 from what had been compiled by whistleblower Snowden. It has also been revealed 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 NSA 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 are located. The calls were made to numbers that were very similar 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. Every EU member state has rooms in the Justus Lipsius Building that can be used by EU ministers. They also have telephone and Internet connections at their disposal.

Full story to appear on Monday.




Russian Lawmaker: ‘Morally Impermissible’ To Hand Over Snowden

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE JUN. 30, 2013, 7:51 AM 931 4

A top Russian lawmaker on Sunday declared it was “morally impermissible” to hand over to the United States fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who remains in a political limbo at a Moscow airport.

Snowden, the 30-year-old former contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), has been living in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo airport for over a week, unable to fly on with a revoked US passport or exit the airport without a Russian visa.

Snowden has requested asylum in Ecuador but is unable to get to its embassy in central Moscow.

Alexei Pushkov, who heads the international affairs committee at the Duma lower house of parliament, said it would be wrong to give Snowden over to th United States where he is wanted for leaking classified information about covert US surveillance programmes.

“It’s not a matter of (Snowden’s) usefulness (to Russia) – it’s a matter of principle,” he wrote on Twitter Sunday. “Handing over a political refugee is morally impermissible.”

The Kremlin on Sunday played down the fact that Snowden is still living at the airport, with President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman telling the Echo of Moscow radio station that “this issue is not on the Kremlin’s agenda.”

“Since it’s not our issue, I don’t know what options there are for the situation’s development, nor what the legal or other aspects are in this,” said spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Putin shockingly admitted on Tuesday that Snowden is staying in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo airport, and cannot be extradited to the US due to the lack of a bilateral extradition agreement. The Russian leader also advised Snowden to pick his destination soon.

The situation seems to be near a dead end as Ecuador has declared that it’s up to Moscow to resolve the dilemma over Snowden.

“To process the asylum application, (Snowden) must be in Ecuadoran territory,” President Rafael Correa said late Saturday. However, Snowden would need a visa from Russian authorities to get to Ecuador’s embassy in central Moscow.

“We cannot be on the sidelines, we should participate in his fate,” said another lawmaker Sunday, senator Valery Shnyakin, who is the deputy chairman of the international affairs committee in the Federation Council upper house of parliament.

“We should calculate the negative repercussions on our relations with the Americans,” he added in remarks posted on the ruling United Russia party website. “For that, we need some kind of negotiations and meetings.”

Copyright (2013) AFP. All rights reserved.

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