US surveillance agency NSA collected data on 122 int’l leaders in one month

Saturday, March 29, 2014
By Paul Martin
29 March 2014

The US surveillance agency NSA collected data on 122 international leaders in a single month, the German news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday, quoting from a document in the trove taken by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The names of the top-level targets in May 2009 were apparently arranged alphabetically by first name, from Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, to Yulia Tymoshenko, the Ukrainian prime minister at the time.

Spiegel said the document showed more than 300 items collected on Merkel. Last year it was alleged and not disputed by Washington that that NSA, or National Security Agency, monitored Merkel’s mobile phone.

The magazine said only 12 names were on the document it saw. Others included Abdullah Badawi, who had just resigned as Malaysian prime minister.

New NSA spy scheme to show even more severe violation on privacy

With NSA scandal still fresh in people’s minds, the NSA itself is trying to find a loophole to make their actions legal. Previously, it has been stated many times in media that the NSA spying goes against the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution. However, if to take general warrant into account, the whole perspective changes.

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