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Spain secret services worked with NSA?

Iran Press TV

Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:14AM GMT

A Spanish newspaper says Spain's intelligence services have collaborated with the US National Security Agency (NSA) in monitoring telephone and computer communications in Spain.

According to a recent report by El Mundo, the documents leaked by American whistleblower Edward Snowden showed that Spanish agents were aware of the NSA spying activities in Spain and also facilitated those activities.

Based on an NSA document entitled, Sharing computer network operations cryptologic information with foreign partners, it is reported that Washington is dependent on the collaboration of numerous countries to give it access to intelligence information, including electronic metadata.

The US classifies cooperation with other countries on four levels of comprehensive cooperation, focused cooperation, limited cooperation and exceptional cooperation, El Mundo stated.

The UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand fall in the first group, while the second group includes nearly 20 countries, all of them European, aside from Japan and South Korea, the report said.

Spain is also categorized into the second group.

The third group consists of countries such as France, India and Pakistan, while the fourth is made up of countries that Washington regards to be hostile to its interests.

On October 29, NSA Director General Keith B. Alexander said suggestions that the agency had eavesdropped on millions of calls in Spain, France and Italy were "completely false."

El Mundo reported on October 28 that the NSA had intercepted more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in a single month.

On the same day, Amnesty International urged the Spanish government to "reflect on its total failure to protect its own citizens' privacy."

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