Huffpost Politics

NSA Spied On The U.N.: Der Spiegel Report

Posted: Updated:
A television screen shows voting in the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
A television screen shows voting in the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

BERLIN -- The German magazine Der Spiegel says the U.S. National Security Agency secretly monitored the U.N.'s internal video conferencing system by decrypting it last year.

The weekly said Sunday that documents it obtained from American leaker Edward Snowden show the NSA decoded the system at the U.N.'s headquarters in New York last summer.

Quoting leaked NSA documents, the article said the decryption "dramatically increased the data from video phone conferences and the ability to decode the data traffic."

In three weeks, Der Spiegel said, the NSA increased the number of decrypted communications at the U.N. from 12 to 458.

Snowden's leaks have exposed details of the United States' global surveillance apparatus, sparking an international debate over the limits of American spying.

Also on HuffPost:

Politicians React To NSA Collecting Phone Records
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

NSA hacked into encrypted UN communications, leaked documents ...

Spying on the United Nations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Daily Kos: Out of Control NSA Spied on U.N., E.U.

U.N. Human Rights Bodies Urged to Take Up NSA Spying | CNS News

Why the NSA leaks should worry the U.N. Security Council (but ...

NSA hacked into encrypted UN communications, leaked documents show

New Details Show Broader NSA Surveillance Reach

US spies broke UN encryptions: report

NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others