INTERNATIONAL news was made over the weekend when Spiegel reported that the NSA had spied on European Union offices, setting off a series of potentially damaging media stories that has the Obama administration taking fire from allies. It finally took Edward Snowden out of the firing line and put the focus where it belongs. Not that anyone should be shocked that the U.S. is spying on its allies, because it’s what countries do.
America’s NSA intelligence service allegedly targeted the European Union with its spying activities. According to SPIEGEL information, the US placed bugs in the EU representation in Washington and infiltrated its computer network. Cyber attacks were also perpetrated against Brussels in New York and Washington.Information obtained by SPIEGEL shows that America’s National Security Agency (NSA) not only conducted online surveillance of European citizens, but also appears to have specifically targeted buildings housing European Union institutions.