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NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts
The Guardian ^ | October 24, 2013 | By James Ball

Posted on 10/24/2013 11:48:25 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee

The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its "customer" departments, such the White House, State and the Pentagon, to share their "Rolodexes" so the agency can add the phone numbers of leading foreign politicians to their surveillance systems.

The document notes that one unnamed US official handed over 200 numbers, including those of the 35 world leaders, none of whom is named. These were immediately "tasked" for monitoring by the NSA.

The revelation is set to add to mounting diplomatic tensions between the US and its allies, after the German chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday accused the US of tapping her mobile phone.

After Merkel's allegations became public, White House press secretary Jay Carney issued a statement that said the US "is not monitoring and will not monitor" the German chancellor's communications. But that failed to quell the row, as officials in Berlin quickly pointed out that the US did not deny monitoring the phone in the past.

The NSA memo obtained by the Guardian suggests that such surveillance was not isolated, as the agency routinely monitors the phone numbers of world leaders – and even asks for the assistance of other US officials to do so.

The memo, dated October 2006 and which was issued to staff in the agency's Signals Intelligence Directorate (SID), was titled "Customers Can Help SID Obtain Targetable Phone Numbers".

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nsamemo; nsascandals; snowden; worldleaders
• Agency given more than 200 numbers by government official • NSA encourages departments to share their 'Rolodexes' • Surveillance produced 'little intelligence', memo acknowledges
1 posted on 10/24/2013 11:48:25 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Vlad Putin is using Ed Snowden’s thumb drive to very deftly take apart all of our alliances piece-by-piece.


2 posted on 10/24/2013 11:54:05 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Obama has made certain that no ally will ever trust America again.

All part of the planned process.


3 posted on 10/24/2013 11:56:38 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Vlad Putin Barak Obama is using Ed Snowden’s thumb drive to very deftly take apart taking all of our alliances apart piece-by-piece.

There, fixed it.

4 posted on 10/24/2013 11:56:49 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

5 posted on 10/24/2013 11:56:59 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

If powerful leaders can’t trust the US government and Obama, why should comparitively little people? What treachery is he capable of against US...???


6 posted on 10/24/2013 11:58:39 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: F15Eagle

All part of the plan in correct. Isolate us, then cause an internal conflict. Watch what happens next.


7 posted on 10/24/2013 12:03:57 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Buckeye McFrog

But you’re probably correct also.


8 posted on 10/24/2013 12:04:07 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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9 posted on 10/24/2013 12:04:11 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule the all)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The NSA memo seen by the Guardian was written halfway through George W Bush's second term, when Condoleezza Rice was secretary of state and Donald Rumsfeld was in his final months as defence secretary.

So it begins, blame Bush for this questionable document. Who believes this document is real? Could it not have been recently created?

10 posted on 10/24/2013 12:04:38 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: F15Eagle; Bobkk47
Obama has made certain that no ally will ever trust America again.

All part of the planned process.

From the thread titled "Poison Photo-Drop (Releasing photos endangers US lives)"

To: Bobkk47

Before he is done I fully expect him to release the names addresses and phone numbers of anyone anywhere in the world who has ever provided any information to agency workers.

The damage to US intel will last multiple generations.

7 posted on 05/12/2009 9:32:33 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 113 of our national holiday from reality.)

yep.

11 posted on 10/24/2013 12:04:48 PM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Vlad Putin is using Ed Snowden’s thumb drive to very deftly take apart all of our alliances piece-by-piece.

Obama is doing a good enough job of that on his own.

12 posted on 10/24/2013 12:05:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Brad from Tennessee

This is not an issue we should be getting hot and bothered about. We should be outraged if U.S. intelligence services are NOT spying on every foreign leader on earth.

They for darn sure are trying to listen to us, and they already know or assume we are doing so to them. This is old news.


13 posted on 10/24/2013 12:10:57 PM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: Brad from Tennessee

These 35 world leaders know exactly where the new NSA data center is too.

Oh well.


14 posted on 10/24/2013 12:11:19 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Resolute Conservative; null and void

America does not seem to be highly-significant in End Times Bible Prophecy. We know we are getting near that time because the Iran war (Ezekiel 38) is on the TV and news every week if not every day (the build-up to it).

I think we are seeing a purposeful destruction of the USA via every crippling method (outrageous debt, purposeful racial division, perversion of the military / family / marriage, etc. etc. etc.).

It’s almost hard to comprehend how much damage is being done how fast. And how most of the population just wants to watch “Dancing....” and learn about Hollywood’s bottom-feeders.


15 posted on 10/24/2013 12:12:04 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Resolute Conservative

Yes, I’m trying to convince some around me that it is coming. The EBT food riot was just a small example.

I’m preparing in small ways.


16 posted on 10/24/2013 12:14:39 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

You know, as an American citizen, I have NO problem with our intelligence agencies spying on foreign government and officials,and would be ticked off if we weren’t. What I have a big problem with is DOMESTIC SPYING on American citizens INSIDE our country. That’s the issue, not the foreign stuff, which I could care less about.


17 posted on 10/24/2013 12:16:29 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I feel a certain degree of satisfaction that so many of these Euro weenies who went all out in the effusive support of Obama in 2008 , giving his campaign a strong PR boost in the world media , are now getting a thumb(drive) stuck in their eyes . Note to Euros : STAY OUT of U.S. elections....


18 posted on 10/24/2013 12:29:17 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Brad from Tennessee
I suspect they have supplied the numbers of all of the geberals and admirals in the military to NSA, and have them flagged to submit results of surveillance to the WH.

The wholesale exodus of top military leaders is revealing.

19 posted on 10/24/2013 12:31:57 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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With all due respect to our allies, why the sudden anal-retentive objections to the obvious intelligence gathering?

Citizens have a constitutional right to privacy if not an intrinsic right. Congress MUST stop violating this right — it must be held accountable.

I’m guessing the data build-up is part of a larger effort to establish a digital blueprint of language and behavior to help predict events that interest or concern the keepers and sponsors of the technology. While I believe this speculative effort is a good thing, I expect an equal or greater effort be made to ensure privacy.


20 posted on 10/24/2013 12:33:19 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Timber Rattler
According to my recollection George Bush allowed NSA data collection from calls having at least on foreign leg. But pure domestic data mining was off limits. Obama expanded the program to what it is today. IMO, it needs to return to the original plan.
21 posted on 10/24/2013 12:36:41 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: rawhide

If Bush does not have the wherewithal to TRY to protect himself and his colleagues then he should be blamed.
Tired of his “GO ALONG, TO GET ALONG” with the Democrats who hate America.

GEORGE, STAND UP FOR A CHANGE, YOU HAVE ALREADY SADDLED THE USA WITH THAT CURRENT POS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.


22 posted on 10/24/2013 1:07:49 PM PDT by BilLies ("Will none rid me of this lying bastard ?")
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
October 2006

Of course, Obama will blame it all on Bush. Obama would be sorely tempted to state that "none of this happened on my watch", but for the fear that Snowden's next drop will finger is administration. Thus his begging-the-question "is not and will not" statement.

23 posted on 10/24/2013 1:16:36 PM PDT by Kennard
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Stop Watching Us: The Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGmiw_rrNxk
now all of a sudden the left cares about our government spying on us.welcome to the party...20 years late.


24 posted on 10/24/2013 1:22:26 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Question: what level of “official” would have “secure” phone numbers for 35 world leaders in their “rolodex”?

Answer: Secretary of State and above.

So was it Chinny or the Great Pumpkin?


25 posted on 10/24/2013 1:23:56 PM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Sheesh. . .all governments spy on all other governments.

It is what they all do, friend or ally, we try and read each other’s mail.

This whole “how dare you spy on us” is not new news or a great revelation, it is kabuki theater for popular consumption and has no relevance to the real political world.


26 posted on 10/24/2013 2:22:04 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: null and void; F15Eagle; Bobkk47

Please see Post 26.

This whole “spying” thing is not news to governments. . .


27 posted on 10/24/2013 2:24:14 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: F15Eagle
America does not seem to be highly-significant in End Times Bible Prophecy.

Yep.

As long as America is in play, we would have appeared in Prophecy.

We're not in Prophecy, therefore either Prophecy is false or we will have been rendered irrelevant by the End Times.

28 posted on 10/24/2013 2:33:53 PM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Sssshhh! No one tell them about the satellites! Or our CIA agents at their embassy!


29 posted on 10/24/2013 2:56:29 PM PDT by frickin_frackin
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To: mbarker12474

Yes, we spy on foreign entities. The issue here is yet another example of Snowden not being a libertarian, but a traitor.


30 posted on 10/24/2013 3:40:50 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

What’s the Over/Under line in Vegas on ‘World Leaders monitored by snoopin’ Obama’?

I would bet it’s pretty high and climbing. ;-}


31 posted on 10/24/2013 4:20:05 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: lepton

Spying is almost as old a profession as prostitution,, any country that wants to stick around a while is probably wise to do so..


32 posted on 10/24/2013 4:21:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: null and void

Since Bible Prophecy is the Word of God, it will be the latter of your statement (not that you didn’t already know that).


33 posted on 10/24/2013 11:24:15 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

Even this agnostic suspects so.


34 posted on 10/25/2013 7:21:39 AM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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