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When the Americans spy on the EU behind NATO walls (update)

ChicagoBuildingFlagUsNATO5749aa(BRUSSELS2) The Americans were particularly monitoring the European Union. This is detailed in a “top secret” NSA paper, dating from September 2010, held by Edward Snowden, and revealed this weekend by the German weekly Der Spiegel. They were not the only ones, some embassies of several European countries (France, Italy, Greece, etc.) were also listened to in an overall plan, as the British daily adds. The Guardian, this Monday (July 1).

Via the US delegations to Justus Lipsius…

US intelligence had managed to penetrate the computer system of the European Union delegation in Washington as well as that at the UN (New York). And, through them, the NSA managed to infiltrate the EU's internal computer network, thus being able to read documents and emails. The Americans had also infiltrated the IT system of the Council of Ministers of the EU. For more than five years, EU security experts detected several unsuccessful calls believed to be coming from a remote maintenance center at the Justus Lipsius building.

…behind NATO buildings

Call tracing made it possible to go back to Evere… to NATO headquarters. The telephone attacks apparently came from a telecommunications system installed within the NATO compound and used by NSA experts.

 The embassies of the Member States also

The embassies of several European countries (France, Italy, Greece, etc.) were also monitored, reveals the British daily The Guardian, in a vast overall plan targeting 38 embassies and missions established in the USA. Each receiving a code name. For France, it was “Blackfoot” and “Wabash”, the names of Indian tribes. For the European Union, it was “Perdido”, a river in Alabama, etc.

Germany and the United Kingdom were not included in this plan. In addition to European missions, the embassies of Turkey, South Korea, India, Mexico, etc. were also targeted, etc. The logic underlying this espionage was sensitivity to Middle Eastern issues, quotes the daily. Among the methods used is a program installed in the Cryptofax device (*) used by the EU delegation in Washington.

* Cryptofax – manufactured by the Dutch Philips – is one of the encryption and data transmission systems commonly used in EU delegations as well as in various UN missions

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).