Politics

NSA Spied on Mexico's Government, Presidents

| by Michael Allen

While the NSA continues to claim that its electronic spying is only done to prevent terrorism, more leaks from Edward Snowden prove the U.S. government agency continues to lie and misuse its surveillance powers.

According to Der Spiegel, the NSA has been spying on Mexican President Pena Nieto and also hacked the email of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon in May 2010.

A NSA internal report, leaked by Snowden, states that spying on Calderon gave the U.S. "diplomatic, economic and leadership communications which continue to provide insight into Mexico's political system and internal stability."

Ironically, President Calderon worked closely with the U.S. government in 2007 to authorize the creation of a secret facility for electronic surveillance in Mexico, but had no idea it would be used on him.

The NSA began surveillance on President Nieto when he ran for office in 2012. His phone and the phones of nine of his close friends were targeted by the NSA, which also intercepted 85,489 text messages.

In 2009, the NSA targeted Mexico's Public Security Secretariat, which prosecutes drug cartels and human trafficking rings.

From that spying, the NSA created 260 classified reports for talks on political issues and helped the U.S. government plan international investments.

This is not the first time the NSA has been caught committing economic espionage.

The NSA spied on Petrobras, a Brazilian oil company, and Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff, reported ZDnet.com. Since that was revealed, President Rouselff has ordered a secure email system be built to protect the Brazilian government from U.S. spying.

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The Mexican Foreign Ministry recently issued a statement against the U.S. government, "This practice is unacceptable, illegal and against Mexican and international law."

Sources: ZDnet.com and Der Spiegel