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Bill Clinton says security does not justify espionage

English.news.cn   2013-12-10 07:56:56            

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, currently on a visit to Brazil, has said the United States' security need does not justify spying on allied countries.

In an interview published Monday by local daily O Globo, Clinton criticized the widespread espionage scheme Washington carried out in countries including Brazil, as revealed by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden.

The United States has no justification for the espionage on Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and the country's state- controlled oil giant Petrobras as well as on emails and telephone calls of millions of Brazilians, he said.

"We should not be getting economic information under the pretext of security. Not with an ally," Clinton said.

He said electronic surveillance can be used to track suspects of terrorism, and in the United States, the government is only allowed to carry out surveillance to find patterns.

The content of e-mails and calls is only monitored when a person has frequent contact with suspects of terrorism, and even so, it requires a court order, he said.

Clinton admitted there had been "a lack of transparency" in explaining U.S. government policy on eavesdropping.

Clinton is in Rio for a meeting of his Clinton Global Initiative that brings together business leaders and politicians from throughout Latin America.

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Mercosur expresses concern over U.S. espionage allegations

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (3rd L) poses with foreign ministers David Choquehuanca of Bolivia (1st L), Hector Marcos Timerman of Argentina (2nd L), Elias Jaua Milano of Venezuela (3rd R), Antonio de Aguiar Patriota of Brazil (2nd R) and Luis Almagro of Uruguay, during their meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, Aug. 5, 2013. Foreign ministers from the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), a South American trading block, on Monday expressed concern over alleged U.S. spying activities on Mercosur countries. Mercosur, founded in 1991, groups Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. Paraguay's membership is currently suspended, while associate member Bolivia has started a full membership process. (Xinhua File Photo)

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Foreign ministers from the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), a South American trading block, expressed concern over alleged U.S. spying activities on them.

"We are here mandated by our heads of state who met in Monte Video at the Mercosur summit to express our serious concern of espionage allegations that have come out of Mr. Snowden's allegations," Antonio Patriota, the foreign minister of Brazil, told reporters here.  Full story

New Snowden leak shows NSA gathers 5 bln records of cellphone location data a day

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on cellphone location data around the world, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday citing the latest leak by former defense Edward Snowden.

The Washington Post's latest report on the agency's intelligence surveillance programs cited top-secret documents provided by Snowden and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials.  Full story 

U.S. spied on Netherlands from 1946 to 1968: Snowden documents

THE HAGUE, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The United States spied on the Netherlands from 1946 to 1968, the Dutch NRC newspaper quoted Snowden documents as showing on Saturday.

It was not clear who was bugged, when it was or with what intentions. Whether the spying stopped after 1968 was unclear either, according to documents of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden.  Full story

Merkel says U.S. spying claims threaten transatlantic ties

BERLIN, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that transatlantic ties, including the negotiations on a free trade deal, are being tested by the alleged extensive U.S. spying in Germany and Europe.

"The transatlantic relationship and also the negotiations for a free-trade agreement are now without doubt being put to the test," Merkel told the lower house of the German parliament, referring to the alleged U.S. spying in Germany that included tapping of Merkel's own phone communications.  Full story

S. Korea calls for U.S. explanations on alleged wiretapping

SEOUL, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- South Korea has called for explanations from the United States of a news report that Seoul was designated by the U.S. intelligence agency as one of the main targets for its wiretapping, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

"Right after the New York Times report on Nov. 2, our government expressed deep regrets over the document to the U.S. government and requested for understandable explanation and measures," Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Tai-young told a press briefing.  Full story

Kerry admits some U.S. surveillance operations go "too far"

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has admitted that some U.S. surveillance actions went "too far" after Washington came under intensified criticism abroad, especially from some of its European allies, U.S. media reported Friday.

Responding to a question in a video-conference on open government in London, Kerry acknowledged that in some cases, the surveillance activities by the U.S. spying agency National Security Agency (NSA) "have reached too far."  Full story

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