As if spying on citizens in its own country weren’t enough, now the NSA has started reaching over the borders to the north and dipping its nose into places and international peace summits it doesn’t belong.
The agencies in question set up shop in an Ottawa embassy over six days in June of 2010, primarily to gather information on attendees to the G8 and G20 summits happening a mere 20km away. While President Barack Obama met with 25 other foreign diplomats, his undercover surveillance agency was secretly intercepting digital communications, text messages, emails, and the content of phone calls while the leaders of the world’s most powerful nations discussed how to prevent another financial crisis after 2008.
The documents cited by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation say the US spying operation was closely coordinated with the Canadian partner, the Communications Security Establishment Canada. When confronted with the damning info, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry told the press this was “nothing to worry about”. He also had the gall to suggest that these sort of maneuvers should be considered “routine”, despite the clear and present danger the widespread acceptance of this kind of doctrine presents. This is a government run amok people, head for the hills and keep your heads covered on the way up.
“I assure you, innocent people are not being abused in this process, but there’s an effort to try to gather information,” Kerry said. “And yes, in some cases, it has reached too far inappropriately.”
Due to an intelligence sharing agreement between Australia, Canada, Britain, New Zealand, and the United States, (known as the Five Eyes) this clear encroachment on the rights of world leaders has flown under the flag of semi-legality, and as long as they’re allowed to pull stunts like this publicly, there’s no telling just how bad things might be getting behind closed doors.
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