New Snowden Leaks: US Bugged, Spied on EU Offices

German's ' Der Spiegel' says US spied on offices, computer networks in DC, NY, Brussels
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2013 3:29 PM CDT
New Snowden Leaks: US Bugged, Spied on EU Offices
The US and European Union flags.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The latest dirt from Snowden's files: German news magazine Der Spiegel says it has seen documents taken from the NSA by Snowden that show the US bugged European Union offices, and spied on the EU's computer networks in Washington and at the United Nations, gaining access to internal documents and emails, Reuters reports. The documents, from September 2010, were reportedly labeled "top secret" and specifically identified the EU as a surveillance "target."

Der Spiegel also reports that the NSA monitored communications at the European Council's building in Brussels. Every EU member nation has a room in the building where ministers can make phone calls and access the internet, Deutsche Welle reports. Der Spiegel says that five years ago, the EU traced several missed calls to the NSA offices at the NATO compound in Brussels, though it did not provide a source for this info, Reuters reports. The President of the European Parliament says he is "deeply worried and shocked" about the allegations, and says that if they prove to be true, it "will have a severe impact on EU-US relations," New Europe reports. (More European Union stories.)

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