New Leak: U.S. and Britain Eavesdropped on World Leaders in 2009

Monday, June 17, 2013

Another revelation has come to light surrounding the nature of U.S. spying programs as the G8 summit kicks off in Ireland. A document disclosed by Edward Snowden, the leaker of the N.S.A. surveillance programs, reveals that American and British intelligence agencies eavesdropped on world leaders at 2009 conferences in London.

The document shows that the emails and phone calls of representatives from other countries were monitored, and the communications of then-Russian president Dmitri Medvedev were intercepted by the United States.

Scott Shane, national security correspondent for our partner The New York Times, explains how this will affect the G8 summit and U.S. diplomatic relations.


Scott Shane

Comments [2]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I somehow am alright with all the spying, maybe cause I don't care what anyone thinks about what I think, and because I actually want them to know what I think.
I'd like to think that what I'm thinking may even become policy without me having to contact anyone and bug them.

Jun. 17 2013 04:14 PM
Larry Dennison

That my government feels it has license to eavesdrop not only on foreign government negotiators with whom we negotiate treaties and agreements but also with impunity on its own citizens, regardless of any specific suspicion sends chills down my spine. What if a 21st Century Hitler-like leader were to inherit such a pervasive and intrusive sytem of surveillance? I think we take this revealtion much too lightly.

Jun. 17 2013 12:00 PM

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