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article imageEU diplomats in Washington, New York and Brussels spied on by NSA

By Anne Sewell     Jun 29, 2013 in World
A document cited by Der Spiegel magazine is reporting that not only were European citizens spied on by the NSA, but also employees of EU diplomatic missions in both Washington and the UN. Updated with video.
Der Spiegel claims to have taken a look at portions of a "top secret" document, supplied by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, which showed that the NSA had bugged EU offices in Washington, DC and also in the United Nations headquarters in New York, in order to listen into phone calls and conversations.
Reportedly internal computer networks in the buildings were also under surveillance, giving the National Security Agency access to emails and documents of the European officials.
Der Spiegel says that the document was dated September 2010, and that it categorically labels the European Union as a "target."
The German magazine also reports that the NSA targeted communications at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, by calling a remote maintenance unit.
Reportedly, more than five years ago, EU security officers had noticed and traced several missed calls to an area of the NATO facility in Brussels, used by NSA experts.
The US had previously acknowledged collecting data on European citizens under the PRISM program. However, they did not say that this was on such a large scale, and that this was only done in cases of strong suspicion of a group or individual being involved in cybercrime, terrorism or nuclear proliferation.
Each EU member state has rooms in the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels, complete with phone and Internet connections, which ministers can use.
Meanwhile, Snowden, the whistleblower who revealed all the information, remains holed up in the transit area of Moscow airport, where he has been since last weekend.
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