24/10/2013

E-mail of French leaders tapped by the American intelligence services


NSA Spied on Mexican Government and French Political, Business Networks

October 23, 2013

The National Security Agency (NSA) has been caught spying on foreign leaders and ordinary citizens in France and Mexico, resulting in at least one U.S. ambassador getting an earful from French officials.

The French government summoned American Ambassador Charles Rivkin on Monday to demand an explanation for why the NSA had collected phone and Internet data of French citizens.

The French newspaper Le Monde reported that the U.S. spy agency had been intercepting French phone calls on “a massive scale.”

Using information disclosed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Le Monde said that more than 70 million French phone calls were recorded in just one 30-day period late last year.

The communications gathering, which included text messages, involved not only those with suspected terrorist links, but also people in business, politics and the French administration.

French officials called the spying “totally unacceptable” and demanded that it cease, according to The New York Times. (In July, Le Monde reported that the French government operates its own massive surveillance program that intercepts French citizens’ phone and Internet activity.)

The NSA also was caught hacking into emails belonging to Mexico’s former president, Felipe Calderón.

In May 2010, the agency “successfully exploited a key mail server in the Mexican Presidencia domain within the Mexican Presidential network to gain first-ever access to President Felipe Calderon’s public email account,” according to an NSA document classified as “top secret,” the German newspaper Der Spiegel reported.

NSA documents obtained by Der Spiegel showed the email domain was also used by cabinet members, and contained “diplomatic, economic and leadership communications which continue to provide insight into Mexico’s political system and internal stability.” The agency described the president’s office as “a lucrative source” of information.

The NSA—which labeled the operation “Flatliquid”—hacked into the email account using an internal division called Tailored Access Operations (TAO), which the agency uses for difficult missions involving special targets, according to the documents.

http://www.allgov.com/news/us-and-the-world/nsa-spied-on-mexican-government-and-french-political-business-networks-131023?news=851465

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Dilma Rousseff's e-mail tapped by the American intelligence services

The NSA Has Hacked Mexican and Brazilian Government Email For Years

Beginning in May 2010, the NSA gained access to the Mexican Presidencia domain on the Mexican Presidential network and began monitoring then-president Felipe Calderon's email account, according to a document leaked to Der Spiegel by Edward Snowden. The document also shows that the NSA has been surveilling the Brazilian government.

Hacking the Mexican presidential email was part of a campaign called "Flatliquid," which provided U.S. cabinet members with "diplomatic, economic and leadership communications which continue to provide insight into Mexico's political system and internal stability," according to the document obtained by Spiegel.

This revelation about NSA hacking may, not surprisingly, lead to increased tension between the U.S. and Mexico. Relations were already strained by a report aired on Brazil's TV Globo network indicating that the NSA had done surveillance in the summer of 2012 on Mexico's current president, Enrique Peña Nieto, who was running for president at the time.

Informations about the NSA's surveillance in Brazil has also been surfacing in recent months, causing Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, to cancel a Washington D.C. visit a few weeks ago and deliver an extremely critical speech about NSA espionage at the UN General Assembly. Spiegel reports that Rousseff had previously cited economic motivations as a potential reason for NSA surveillance, but NSA director General Keith Alexander denied this. Passages in the newly analyzed document do indicate, though, that the NSA was targeting email and telephone data from the oil company Petrobras which is majority owned by the Brazilian government.

The new documents also contain indications of the scope and intensity of NSA spying on neighboring countries, including mention of an initiative in Mexico called "Whitetamale" that took place in August 2009. During this effort, the NSA hacked Mexico's Public Security Secretariat to gain information about Mexican drug cartels and "diplomatic talking-points." 260 classified reports came out of Whitetamale that influenced diplomacy and international investments. Spiegel quotes from the document: "These TAO accesses into several Mexican government agencies are just the beginning — we intend to go much further against this important target." And apparently they did.

http://gizmodo.com/the-nsa-has-been-hacking-mexican-and-brazilian-governme-1448690053

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Felipe Calderon’s e-mail tapped by the American intelligence services

NSA Hacked Calderon’s E-Mail Account, Spiegel Reports

The U.S. National Security Agency hacked the e-mail account of Mexico’s then-President Felipe Calderon in 2010, Germany’s Spiegel reported today, citing documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

In the operation, called “Flatliquid,” the NSA used a server to gain access to Calderon’s account and the Mexican presidential domain used by cabinet members for diplomatic and economic communications, according to the report.

The U.S. gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations, the NSA said in a statement today, declining to comment on the specific case reported by Spiegel. The U.S. is reviewing the way it gathers intelligence to balance concern for the security of American citizens against privacy concerns, the agency said.

The office of President Enrique Pena Nieto, who became president in December after defeating the candidate from Calderon’s National Action Party, or PAN, declined to comment. At a press conference in Mexico City called to talk about the nation’s tax overhaul, PAN Senate coordinator Jorge Luis Preciado called the alleged U.S. spying unfortunate and unethical.

Allegations last month based on documents from Snowden that the U.S. had spied on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff sparked outrage in Latin America’s biggest economy and led her to call off a state visit to the Washington.

The Brazilian television news magazine Fantastico, which first reported the allegations of U.S. espionage against Brazil, also said at the time that the U.S. had accessed text messages sent last year by Pena Nieto, who was then a candidate and front-runner in the Mexican election campaign, discussing potential cabinet picks. Mexico’s government in response summoned the U.S. ambassador in Mexico City, Anthony Wayne, for consultations, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement in which it also condemned spying against Mexican citizens.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eric Martin in Mexico City at emartin21@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andre Soliani at asoliani@bloomberg.net

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-20/nsa-hacked-e-mail-account-of-mexico-s-calderon-spiegel-reports.html

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Merkel’s phone tapped by the American intelligence services

24.10.2013

Germany summons US ambassador over Merkel phone spying
BY EUOBSERVER

German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle Thursday summoned the US ambassador over reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone was tapped by the American intelligence services, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said. Opposition parties are criticising Merkel for reacting only when it comes to her own privacy, not that of millions of Germans.

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