UK-USA: DATA SURVEILLANCE: GCHQ and NSA targeted charities, Germans, Israeli PM and EU chief

See: GCHQ and NSA targeted charities, Germans, Israeli PM and EU chief (Guardian, link): "British and American intelligence agencies had a comprehensive list of surveillance targets that included the EU's competition commissioner, German government buildings in Berlin and overseas, and the heads of institutions that provide humanitarian and financial help to Africa, top secret documents reveal."

Friendly Fire: How GCHQ Monitors Germany, Israel and the EU (Der Spiegel, link): "Documents from the archive of whistleblower and former NSA worker Edward Snowden show that Britain's GCHQ signals intelligence agency has targeted European, German and Israeli politicians for surveillance."

N.S.A. Dragnet Included Allies, Aid Groups and Business Elite (New York Times, link): "Secret documents reveal more than 1,000 targets of American and British surveillance in recent years, including the office of an Israeli prime minister, heads of international aid organizations, foreign energy companies and a European Union official involved in antitrust battles with American technology businesses."

Statement by Commission spokeswoman on the newspaper allegations of surveillance of Vice-President Almunia (, link): "This piece of news follows a series of other revelations which, as we clearly stated in the past, if proven true, are unacceptable and deserve our strongest condemnation. This is not the type of behaviour that we expect from strategic partners, let alone from our own Member States."


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