Sunday, March 2, 2003

NSA tapping U.N. telephones to help U.S. interests

(update: July 22, 2005; This story came out in the runup to the current war in Iraq. It concerns how the NSA was bugging U.N. delegates so that the U.S. would know ahead of time how the votes would be going.)

Leaked NSA email exposes UN bugging offensive (March 3, 2003; The Register)

The US National Security Agency is mounting a bugging offensive against UN delegations in order to gain "information that could give US policymakers an edge in obtaining results favorable to US goals or to head off surprises" in the Iraq debate....

It refers to this article in The Observer: US plan to bug Security Council: the text Online document: The text of the memorandum detailing the US plan to bug the phones and emails of key Security Council members, revealed in today's Observer

The text To summarize, this is the use of the US Intelligence Services (specifically the NSA) to take actions around the members of the UN Security Council, primarily wiretaps and the like. The purpose is to jig up the Security Council process, attempting to gain an advantage, and tilt the vote the way the U.S. administration wants it to go.