Saturday, June 29, 2013

Germany's Spiegel Online: Attacks from America - NSA Spied on European Union Offices

At this point, who hasn't been spied on by NSA?

The newspaper says it has seen part of secret documents obtained by Edward Snowden.

From Spiegel Online International (6/29/2013; emphasis is mine):

Attacks from America: NSA Spied on European Union Offices

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

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 EU 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 that had been compiled by whistleblower Snowden. Details have also emerged 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 NSU 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 is located. The calls were made to numbers that were very close 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.

Naturally, European officials are not too happy. From

US officials have yet to comment but the European Parliament chief Martin Schulz said that more information was needed , but if the charges of spying were confirmed, it would be a huge scandal. Schultz said in statement: "On behalf of the European Parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the US authorities with regard to these allegations" The Foreign Minister of Luxembourg said that it the reports are true it is disgusting. "The United States would be better off monitoring its secret services rather than its allies. We must get a guarantee from the very highest level now that this stops immediately."

I agree with the Luxembourg minister.

As to Mr. Snowden, he is apparently still stranded inside the airport in Moscow, as Ecuador President Corea revoked his transit papers to Ecuador where he seeks asylum. Apparently, President Corea's ego is bruised as Wikileaks' Assange is seen to be running the show.

President Obama's newly appointed National Security Advisor Susan Rice (the same one who was sent out to lie about Benghazi on Sunday talk shows right after the attack) says NSA leaks are not significant, and they haven't weakened her boss one bit.

President Obama and his family and friends are on a 100-million-dollar tour of Africa right now. No sign of weakness as far as the dollar amount shows.


arclight2011part2 said...

t this point, who hasn't been spied on by NSA?
The question should be what have the NSA done with the spying info?

A refugee FROM the UK June 2013 - So farewell Magna Carta! where to now?

It stands to reason that they will use this information to "do" something with it?
as the press says that it is "just" spying. well that seems not too offensive eh?
but they use the info in conjunction with corporations, nuclear insurers, power utility companies and of course the finance sectors.

In the UK a police report mentions that the insurance etc companies are regular customers to this type of data..

i was attacked by Aviva underwriters. MI5 are regularly hired as directors and advisors to these compannies..

by increasing my insurance by 300 percent and adding unreasonable terms, they made my work impossible. i did carry on anyway but then a phone call to the Daily Mail (one of my my contractors) finished my struggle to counter these moves..

phone hacks etc since the summer of 2011 (i was posting on enenews then,,

insurance attack in dec 2012 ( a couple of months after i began posting at

christine macpherson was given a legal removal notice for an article she posted concerning Palladin mining and Ashcrofts UK were behind that as Pallaldin are broke (selling uranium at 44 dollars per KG and it costs about 144 dollars to extract..)

you can google "... MI5 Ascot insurance underwriters director .."
if you think i am being paranoid..

interestingly, MI5 are also all over the banking sector and have defended the nuclear scam and the banking blag!
they like war stuff too!


arclight2011part2 said...

lol! google and metacrawler are not responding to the term MI5 any more

so heres the evidence

Sir Richard Dearlove named as new Chairman of Ascot Underwriting


Ascot Underwriting is delighted to announce that Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), is to become its next Chairman.

Sir Richard will be formally appointed at Ascot’s next board meeting on November 28. He will take over from current Chairman Lord Prior who has been in the role since Ascot commenced trading in 2001.

“We are delighted Sir Richard has agreed to join us as chairman and I am very much looking forward to working closely with him,” said Ascot Chief Executive Martin Reith.

“He is a remarkable communicator and brings with him an enviable network of contacts and vast management experience from his time in the intelligence service during which time he rose to the very top.

“I would also like to extend my thanks to Lord Prior who has been with us from the very start. He has been a tremendous source of help and guidance both to the business and to me, personally.”

Sir Richard has links with the insurance industry through his membership of the International Advisory Board of AIG. Ascot is backed by AIG, the US insurance and financial services group.

Sir Richard was born in Cornwall in 1945 and began his MI6 career in 1966, serving in Nairobi, Prague, Paris, Geneva and Washington as well as key London-based posts. He was promoted to Director of Operations in 1994 and became Chief in 1999 until his retirement in 2004. Later that year he took up the Mastership of Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Former MI5 chief Sir Jonathan Evans joins HSBC
Sir Jonathan Evans, who stepped down as director-general of MI5 last month, has become latest heavyweight non-executive director at HSBC.

hope that paints a pretty picture..

hsbc like decapitating mexicans imo :(
but the money/profit is good..

Anonymous said...

The moto could be updated to " Speak softly, listen carefully, and carry a big stick. "
After all, listening carefully is one of the very skills required in Diplomacy, isn't it ?

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