[QODLink]
Americas
US spokesman responds to spy claims
Diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks apparently orders US diplomats to spy on UN staff.
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 13:12 GMT

 

One of the hot potatoes in the WikiLeaks release of diplomatic cables has been the revelation that the US state department ordered its staff to illegally obtain DNA from UN diplomats.

One cable apparently instructs diplomatic staff to attempt to hack into people's accounts at the UN.

But PJ Crowley, the state department spokesman, told Al Jazeera that the day-to-day activities of the US diplomats at the UN "were fully consistent with our values and our laws".

According to documents released by WikiLeaks, diplomats were directed to gather a range of information about the UN and its staff, including credit card details and frequent-flier numbers of senior international figures, for the US government's human intelligence programme.

"The intelligence community relies on state reporting officers for much of the biographical information collected worldwide," a cable said. "Informal biographic reporting via email and other means is vital to the community's collection efforts."

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.