US spying on Merkel was wider than first revealed: Intelligence agency tapped conversations with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
By Paul Martin

NSA allegedly spied on talks between Angela Merkel and Ban Ki-moon
It came as they chatted about climate change ahead of a summit in 2008
Also suggested NSA listened in on talks between her and Silvio Berlusconi
U.S ambassador to Rome has been summoned to Italian Foreign Ministry

23 February 2016

The spying of German Chancellor Angela Merkel by the U.S. is wider than first thought after it was revealed intelligence officials tapped talks between her and the head of the UN, according to German media.

Citing classified documents released by WikiLeaks, it is alleged that the U.S. National Security Agency gathered information on a 2008 conversation she held with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on climate change.

According to the report in Sueddeutche Zeitung, the exchange occurred ahead of the Copenhagen climate summit.

During the conversation it is believed that Merkel said the world expected the EU to take a leading role on the issue, while Ban praised the German leader’s personal engagement on tackling climate change.

And Wikileaks founder Julian Assange released an online statement saying: ‘Today we showed that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s private meetings over how to save the planet from climate change were bugged by a country intent on protecting its largest oil companies.’

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