UK newspaper: European countries spy too like the U.S.
Newscast Media LONDON—A report published by the UK’s Guardian newspaper over
the weekend revealed European countries are working together to perform similar
snooping tactics to that of the U.S., despite the recent spying furor sparked by the
US’s global surveillance apparatus.
Based on information leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA)
contractor Edward Snowden, the Guardian said intelligence agencies are tapping into
fiber optic cables and collaborating with private telecommunications companies.
The Guardian revealed close technical collaboration between the British, French,
German, Spanish, Swedish and Dutch spy agencies.
The new files also made clear that Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters
(GCHQ) plays a leading role in guiding its European counterparts on how to
circumvent national laws designed to restrict surveillance mechanisms.
The German, French and Spanish governments have reacted bitterly to reports based
on leaked information by Snowed since June of mass surveillance of communication
and phone tapping.
US security officials have asserted that the monitoring was executed by the local
security agencies and then shared with the US.
Source: Radio France Internationale