Newly leaked data from hacker Edward Snowden states that the US Government used their spying capabilities to bug and track dozens of foreign embassies operating within the US. The embassies tracked include both ally and rival countries of the US.
The Guardian reports that 38 different embassies were targeted in September 2010. In the report, the US Government described these embassies as “targets” under surveillance.
Countries whose embassies were tracked include the EU, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Turkey, and numerous middle-eastern countries. The US actively placed spying devices in devices like fax machines so that they could gain an insight regarding policy discussions between other Nations.
This new information, if true, raises the stakes of the Government’s ongoing spying conspiracy. It is one thing for a Nation to spy on its own citizens, but another to spy on other Governments. The leaked records show not only a deliberate wish to spy on other countries, but also several deliberate operations intended to place physical tracking devices in the embassy buildings.
Already, France and Germany have publically demanded the US account for this newly leaked information. If the info is true, the American Government may have damaged ties to many of its closest allys. The EU parliament has stated that if these allegations are true, that there will be a “significant backlash” regarding US-EU relations.
The hunt for Edward Snowden continues on following this latest leak. Perhaps Barack Obama will think harder before dismissing Snowden’s credentials again.