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Snowden Documents Show NSA Spied on EU Officials - Media

RIA Novosti

02:53 30/06/2013 MOSCOW, June 30 (RIA Novosti) - The National Security Agency bugged European Union offices in the United States, Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine said on Sunday citing “secret documents obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden that Spiegel has in part seen.”

An NSA document, dated 2010, names the European Union a "location target."

“The document suggests that in addition to installing bugs in the building in downtown Washington, DC, the EU representation's computer network was also infiltrated. In this way, the Americans were able to access discussions in EU rooms as well as emails and internal documents on computers,” Der Spiegel wrote in an English-language article.

According to the document, the EU mission to the United Nations was under a similar surveillance.

The information obtained by Der Spiegel also suggests that NSA was behind an “electronic eavesdropping operation” which apparently targeted the Justus Lipsius Building, home to the EU Council of Ministers and the European Council.

Without citing sources, Der Spiegel says that approximately five years ago European security officials had noticed “several telephone calls that were apparently targeting the remote maintenance system in the Justus Lipsius Building.”

“Security officials managed to track the calls to NATO headquarters in the Brussels suburb of Evere. A precise analysis showed that the attacks on the telecommunications system had originated from a building complex separated from the rest of the NATO headquarters that is used by NSA experts,” the magazine said.

Reuters quoted Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, as saying that if the report was correct, it would have a "severe impact" on relations between the EU and the United States.

"On behalf of the European Parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the U.S. authorities with regard to these allegations," he said in an emailed statement.

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