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Attacks from America: NSA Spied on European Union Offices
www.spiegel.de ^ | June 29, 2013 11:21 PM | By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Fidelius Schmid and Holger Stark

Posted on 06/30/2013 7:24:50 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

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".


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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 201009; eu; nsa; nsaleaks; nsaleakseu; prism
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1 posted on 06/30/2013 7:24:50 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This doesn’t disturb me at all, frankly. That’s what nations do to protect themselves. That’s what we pay the CIA, NSA, NGA, etc. to do.


2 posted on 06/30/2013 7:27:06 AM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I pray to all that is Holy, they have not turned the mighty NSA against the United Nations!

What are the odds?


3 posted on 06/30/2013 7:27:39 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: All

in before “Bush’s fault”...


4 posted on 06/30/2013 7:29:25 AM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: jagusafr

I get that but what do we pay the NBA, MLB, NFL, AFL, NHL, and the PGA for?

Circus time?


5 posted on 06/30/2013 7:30:37 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: jagusafr
This doesn’t disturb me at all, frankly. That’s what nations do to protect themselves. That’s what we pay the CIA, NSA, NGA, etc. to do.

Agreed. It's only the spying on Americans that bothers me. And if you know who the bad guys are (muslims) then spy on them via proper probable cause warrants. Government can't be trusted to not abuse the data collection as the ongoing IRS abuse against Conservatives proves.

6 posted on 06/30/2013 7:34:32 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Has anyone noticed that the United States has suddenly become the old USSR?


7 posted on 06/30/2013 7:35:20 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.ca)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

bttt


8 posted on 06/30/2013 7:37:00 AM PDT by txhurl (RNC 'voter suppression': attempting to limit each voter to ONE vote!)
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To: P-Marlowe
Obama wouldn't object to that.

That is his direction alright....we aren't there yet however.

9 posted on 06/30/2013 7:43:20 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: P-Marlowe

Yeppers.


10 posted on 06/30/2013 7:46:17 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: P-Marlowe
Has anyone noticed that the United States has suddenly become the old USSR?

What did we expect when stupid Americans elected the hardest core communists BLACK Muslim King Obama, the new America's dictator.

11 posted on 06/30/2013 7:49:36 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The only thing that disturbs me about this news, is that Snowden evidently provided it. By doing so, I believe he crossed the line into treasonous behavior.

What governments are expected to do to facilitate national security via reasoned intelligence, they should be allowed to do without their methods or precise acts being outed.

Spying on (all) your citizens does not protect them. It exposes them to threat.

Spying on foreign nations does protect our citizens. It protects them from threats.

Even then, I would suggest that less is more. People and nations can understand spying when there is a need. They get rather testy when blanket spying takes place.


12 posted on 06/30/2013 7:50:24 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Welcome to the New World Order.


13 posted on 06/30/2013 8:05:29 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Out of popcorn. Desperately going thru the potato chips.

Now, if only some of those people stealing paintings off the walls at the UN could find a mike or two, we could see some real fun...


14 posted on 06/30/2013 8:06:19 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

What line will this gubamint not cross?

Ask Ambassador Kennedy , for starters.


15 posted on 06/30/2013 8:14:09 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: jagusafr

These are NATO allies. You don’t treat long-time military allies this way, period.


16 posted on 06/30/2013 8:24:13 AM PDT by sunrise_sunset
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To: Sirius Lee

You are lumping Germany together with China. That’s frankly nuts. The U.S. is destroying international law and isolating itself. Keep in mind many of these countries are fighting along side the U.S. right now.


17 posted on 06/30/2013 8:26:20 AM PDT by sunrise_sunset
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To: P-Marlowe
Has anyone noticed that the United States has suddenly become the old USSR?

The transition hasn't been at all sudden, but yes, the U.S. does seem to have filled the vacuum left by the failed U.S.S.R. Not every nation is capable of being big, brutal, stupid, and proud of it.

18 posted on 06/30/2013 8:33:02 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: sunrise_sunset

I was in the Security Service in the Air Force 50 years ago and we, including the NSA, were spying on friend and foe alike. Phone calls and other communications were being intercepted and relayed to the NSA. This was necessary then and is today. You don’t know who your friends will be down the road so you need to be vigilant.


19 posted on 06/30/2013 8:38:29 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

the only unfortunate thing is that Europeans have obviously been too loyal to be whistleblowers and leakers on the same kind of spying they all do on their friends


20 posted on 06/30/2013 9:46:20 AM PDT by Wuli (qu)
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