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posted by NCommander on Tuesday April 01 2014, @06:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the wonder-how-long-until-the-staff-gets-wiretapped dept.

Cory Doctorow at bOing bOing reports Newly disclosed documents from the trove Edward Snowden provided to journalists reveal the existence of the Nymrod database that listed 122 world leaders, many from nations friendly to the USA, that were spied upon by the NSA. Included in the list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was already known to have been wiretapped by the NSA thanks to an earlier disclosure. Nymrod's "Target Knowledge Database" combed through the NSA's pool of global intercepts to amass dossiers of private communications emails, faxes, calls and Internet traffic related to the leaders.

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  • (Score: 1) by starcraftsicko on Tuesday April 01 2014, @10:11PM

    by starcraftsicko (2821) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @10:11PM (#24495) Journal

    #699 spake: I can accept that governments spy, mostly on enemies, but to do so to "friends" is just plain stupid and indicative of the power hunger Washington D.C has right now.

    You are just wrong on this. Bad organizations, bad governments, bad politicians, even genuinely evil agencies like the NSA -- even they sometimes do what they should. This is one of those times.

    Sovereign nations may be allies; they may be friendly; they may share interests; they may support similar policies; they may together use semicolons when they could have used commas -- but they have an interest in seeing that these good things continue and knowing when and why these things might change. Friendly nations have good reason to keep an eye (er... spy) on each other even if to make sure that they remain friendly.


    Nations spying on the leaders of other nations is not a crime against common sense or against international law and should not be counted amongst the crimes of the NSA.

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