Leaks Reveal U.S. Spied on U.N. Secretary General

Highly classified documents published by WikiLeaks in February show that the U.S. National Security Agency has targeted many high-ranking international figures. The intercepts, classified TOP-SECRET COMINT-GAMMA, are the most highly classified documents ever published by a media organization.

Among other operations, the documents revealed that the NSA bugged a private climate change strategy meeting between U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin; singled out the Chief of Staff of U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees for long-term interception of his phone; singled out the Director of the Rules Division of the World Trade Organisation, Johann Human, for long-term interception of his phone; and stole sensitive Italian diplomatic cables detailing how Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to help patch up his relationship with U.S. President Barack Obama, who was refusing to talk to Netanyahu.

“We proved the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s private meetings over how to save the planet from climate change were bugged by a country intent on protecting its largest oil companies,” said WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange. “If the United Nations Secretary General, whose communications and person have legal inviolability, can be repeatedly attacked without consequence then everyone is at risk.”

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