Wikileaks released a new cache of documents on Tuesday, revealing NSA intercepted communication between world leaders, dating from 2007 to 2011.
There are at least three channels of communication the US National Security Agency was caught eavesdropping: first, discussions between UN Secretary Ban-Ki Moon and the German Chancellor Merkel; secondly, Silvio Berlusconi’s administration and his relation to Israel and France; thirdly, European and Japanese diplomats engaged in World Trade Organization talks.
Merkel and the UN
The documents revealed suggest that the US were monitoring UN climate talks to protect its oil and gas sector.
WikiLeaks founded Julien Assange noted that “the US government has signed agreements with the UN that it will not engage in such conduct against the UN–let alone its Secretary General. ”
Silvio Berlusconi and Netanyahu
The documents also reveal the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, seeking support in Europe to deal with the Obama Administration, having cut bridges over Israel’s illegal settlements. In 2010, the Netanyahu administration had slapped the Obama Administration in the face announcing plans to build 1,600 illegal housing units in northern Jerusalem during Vice President Biden’s visit to Israel.
As one of Netanyahu’s closest allies in Europe, Berlusconi offered to mediate in mending relations with the White House, while the Israeli Prime Minister blamed a bureaucrat with a poor sense of politics for the timing of the announcement.
Berlusconi and Sarkozy
Another cluster of documents reveals Berlusconi warning Sarkozy that the Italian banking system was about to “pop like a cork.”
World Trade Organization
The NSA also spied on Japanese and EU trade ministers discussing sensitive World Trade Organization issues, as well as the UN refugee agency, Wikileaks documents revealed.
(WikiLeaks, DW, Jerusalem Post)