The United States has been accused of spying on the United Nations’ headquarters based in New York City. Reuters reports that the United States' National Security Agency (NSA) bugged more than 80 embassies and consulates worldwide and called it a
"Special Collection Service".
The information was revealed through Edward Snowden, the computer specialist who worked for both the NSA and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and who exposed United States' secrets on mass data collection and spying programs; among them were the PRISM, XKeyscore, and Tempora Internet surveillance programs. Snowden now resides in Russia, but last June was charged by U.S. federal prosecutors with espionage and theft of government property.
Reuters further reports that the German weekly, Der Spiegel reported yesterday that the NSA was able to “crack the codes to the United Nations’" teleconferencing system. According to their report, the National Security Agency also targeted the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the European Union. Most disturbing to the international community is the fact that the NSA was also able to access the internal servers belonging to the European Union.
Edward Snowden revealed most of his information to the United Kingdom's news agency, The Guardian. Both the United States and the United Kingdom had put pressure on The Guardian to turn over all sensitive material that may damage either country's national security, but The Guardian resisted. Finally last week, The Guardian agreed to destroy all computer equipment containing the documents provided to them by Edward Snowden, There are still concerns that there may be copies of these files somewhere out there, and in danger of disclosure.