EU among priority spy targets for NSA: report
AFPBERLIN--The European Union is ranked as a key priority in a list of spying targets for the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), German weekly Der Spiegel said Saturday, citing a document leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
August 12, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The classified document, dated April 2013, states that the U.S. secret services are especially interested in gathering intelligence concerning the 28-member bloc's foreign policy, international trade, and economic stability, the magazine reported.
Using a ranking system from one to five (from high to low importance), those three areas were given a number three ranking, according to the document seen by Der Spiegel. Topics related to new technology and energy security were assigned the lowest-level priority.
Among individual countries, Washington reportedly listed China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and North Korea among its top surveillance targets.
Germany, France and Japan were considered of mid-level interest, the weekly added.