Report: US hacked Al Jazeera communications | News | Al Jazeera

Report: US hacked Al Jazeera communications

German magazine says US spy agency accessed network's internal communication during President Bush's second term.

    Report: US hacked Al Jazeera communications
    Der Spiegel said the documents were passed to the magazine by whistleblower Edward Snowden [EPA]

    Al Jazeera's internal communications were hacked by United States spies, German news magazine Der Spiegel has said, citing leaked documents it has seen.

    The US National Intelligence Agency accessed Al Jazeera's protected internal systems during President George Bush’s second term in office, Spiegel said.

    It also said that the documents were passed to the magazine by US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

    "The encrypted information was forwarded to the responsible NSA departments for further analysis, according to the document, which did not reveal to what extent the intelligence agency spied on journalists or managers of the media company, or whether the surveillance is ongoing,” Spiegel added.

    Accessing "Al Jazeera broadcasting internal communication" was listed as a "notable success", the document showed, according to Spiegel.

    The NSA named Al Jazeera as one of the selected targets and had "high potential as sources of intelligence", the magazine said.

    Snowden, a former contracted NSA employee, has been wanted by the US since June for leaking NSA surveillance secrets to the media.

    Last month, Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia for a year.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.