The US has said that it only gathers as much foreign intelligence as every other country, after a German newspaper accused the country’s National Security Agency of bugging EU offices.
Based on a document leaked by former NSA IT contractor Edward Snowden, the NSA “appears to have specifically targeted buildings housing European Union institutions”, Der Spiegel reported this weekend.
“The document suggests that in addition to installing bugs in [an EU] building in downtown Washington, DC, the European Union representation’s computer network was also infiltrated.
“In this way, the Americans were able to access discussions in EU rooms as well as emails and internal documents on computers.”
In response to the news, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which represents all the various US intelligence agencies, “said that as a matter of policy we have made clear that the United States gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations.”