Startling revelations from Edward Snowden, the NSA whistle blower, are continuing to hit the press. Al Jazeera reported on Aug. 25, 2013, a report claims the NSA hacked UN videocalls as part of its surveillance program. On Sunday the extent of U.S. covert surveillance at the United Nations was further detailed, according to a report which has claimed agents hacked into video conferencing at the organization’s New York headquarters.
In this development, which may further strain relations between Washington and its allies, German magazine Der Spiegel has said secret documents obtained by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden have outlined how the NSA systematically spied on other states and institutions. According to Der Spiegel the European Union and the U.N.'s Vienna-based nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), were among those entities targeted by U.S. intelligence agents.
The Verge has also reported the NSA reportedly bugged UN offices and hacked into video conferencing feeds. Der Spiegel says the NSA bugged offices in the UN's New York headquarters as part of a comprehensive surveillance program. It has also been leaked that the agency has bugged more than 80 embassies and consulates under a program which is called the "Special Collection Service." Snowden's leaks have been embarrassing the U.S. by exposing the global extent of its various surveillance programs.