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Revealed: US dirty tricks to win vote on Iraq war
The Observer (U.K.) ^ | 03/02/03 | Martin Bright, Ed Vulliamy, and Peter Beaumont

Posted on 03/01/2003 4:29:27 PM PST by Pokey78

Secret document details American plan to bug phones and emails of key Security Council members

The United States is conducting a secret 'dirty tricks' campaign against UN Security Council delegations in New York as part of its battle to win votes in favour of war against Iraq.

Details of the aggressive surveillance operation, which involves interception of the home and office telephones and the emails of UN delegates in New York, are revealed in a document leaked to The Observer.

The disclosures were made in a memorandum written by a top official at the National Security Agency - the US body which intercepts communications around the world - and circulated to both senior agents in his organisation and to a friendly foreign intelligence agency asking for its input.

The memo describes orders to staff at the agency, whose work is clouded in secrecy, to step up its surveillance operations 'particularly directed at... UN Security Council Members (minus US and GBR, of course)' to provide up-to-the-minute intelligence for Bush officials on the voting intentions of UN members regarding the issue of Iraq.

The leaked memorandum makes clear that the target of the heightened surveillance efforts are the delegations from Angola, Cameroon, Chile, Mexico, Guinea and Pakistan at the UN headquarters in New York - the so-called 'Middle Six' delegations whose votes are being fought over by the pro-war party, led by the US and Britain, and the party arguing for more time for UN inspections, led by France, China and Russia.

The memo is directed at senior NSA officials and advises them that the agency is 'mounting a surge' aimed at gleaning information not only on how delegations on the Security Council will vote on any second resolution on Iraq, but also 'policies', 'negotiating positions', 'alliances' and 'dependencies' - the 'whole gamut of information that could give US policymakers an edge in obtaining results favourable to US goals or to head off surprises'.

Dated 31 January 2003, the memo was circulated four days after the UN's chief weapons inspector Hans Blix produced his interim report on Iraqi compliance with UN resolution 1441.

It was sent by Frank Koza, chief of staff in the 'Regional Targets' section of the NSA, which spies on countries that are viewed as strategically important for United States interests.

Koza specifies that the information will be used for the US's 'QRC' - Quick Response Capability - 'against' the key delegations.

Suggesting the levels of surveillance of both the office and home phones of UN delegation members, Koza also asks regional managers to make sure that their staff also 'pay attention to existing non-UN Security Council Member UN-related and domestic comms [office and home telephones] for anything useful related to Security Council deliberations'.

Koza also addresses himself to the foreign agency, saying: 'We'd appreciate your support in getting the word to your analysts who might have similar more indirect access to valuable information from accesses in your product lines [ie, intelligence sources].' Koza makes clear it is an informal request at this juncture, but adds: 'I suspect that you'll be hearing more along these lines in formal channels.'

Disclosure of the US operation comes in the week that Blix will make what many expect to be his final report to the Security Council.

It also comes amid increasingly threatening noises from the US towards undecided countries on the Security Council who have been warned of the unpleasant economic consequences of standing up to the US.

Sources in Washington familiar with the operation said last week that there had been a division among Bush administration officials over whether to pursue such a high-intensity surveillance campaign with some warning of the serious consequences of discovery.

The existence of the surveillance operation, understood to have been requested by President Bush's National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, is deeply embarrassing to the Americans in the middle of their efforts to win over the undecided delegations.

The language and content of the memo were judged to be authentic by three former intelligence operatives shown it by The Observer. We were also able to establish that Frank Koza does work for the NSA and could confirm his senior post in the Regional Targets section of the organisation.

The NSA main switchboard put The Observer through to extension 6727 at the agency which was answered by an assistant, who confirmed it was Koza's office. However, when The Observer asked to talk to Koza about the surveillance of diplomatic missions at the United Nations, it was then told 'You have reached the wrong number'.

On protesting that the assistant had just said this was Koza's extension, the assistant repeated that it was an erroneous extension, and hung up.

While many diplomats at the UN assume they are being bugged, the memo reveals for the first time the scope and scale of US communications intercepts targeted against the New York-based missions.

The disclosure comes at a time when diplomats from the countries have been complaining about the outright 'hostility' of US tactics in recent days to persuade then to fall in line, including threats to economic and aid packages.

The operation appears to have been spotted by rival organisations in Europe. 'The Americans are being very purposeful about this,' said a source at a European intelligence agency when asked about the US surveillance efforts.


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1 posted on 03/01/2003 4:29:27 PM PST by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Solution: relocate the UN HQ
2 posted on 03/01/2003 4:31:37 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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To: Pokey78
I hope the Observer is correct. I would expect nothing less from our government in time of war.

5.56mm

3 posted on 03/01/2003 4:32:32 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Pokey78
US plan to bug Security Council: the text

Online document: The text of the memorandum detailing the US plan to bug the phones and emails of key Security Council members, revealed in today's Observer.

US plan to bug Security Council: the text

Online document: The text of the memorandum detailing the US plan to bug the phones and emails of key Security Council members, revealed in today's Observer.

Sunday March 2, 2003

To: [Recipients withheld]
From: FRANK KOZU@Chief of Staff (Regional Target) CIV/NSA
on 31/01/2003 0:16
Subject: Reflections of Iraq debate/votes at UN - RT actions and potential for related contributions
Importance: High
TOP SECRET/COMINT/XL

All,

As you've likely heard by now, the Agency is mounting a surge particularly directed at the UN Security Council (UNSC) members (minus US and GBR of course) for insights as to how to membership is reacting to the on-going debate RE: Iraq, plans to vote on any related resolutions, what related policies/ negotiating positions they may be considering, alliances/ dependencies, etc - the whole gamut of information that could give US policymakers an edge in obtaining results favourable to US goals or to head off surprises. In RT, that means a QRC surge effort to revive/ create efforts against UNSC members Angola, Cameroon, Chile, Bulgaria and Guinea, as well as extra focus on Pakistan UN matters.

We've also asked ALL RT topi's to emphasise and make sure they pay attention to existing non-UNSC member UN-related and domestic comms for anything useful related to the UNSC deliberations/ debates/ votes. We have a lot of special UN-related diplomatic coverage (various UN delegations) from countries not sitting on the UNSC right now that could contribute related perspectives/ insights/ whatever. We recognise that we can't afford to ignore this possible source.

We'd appreciate your support in getting the word to your analysts who might have similar, more in-direct access to valuable information from accesses in your product lines. I suspect that you'll be hearing more along these lines in formal channels - especially as this effort will probably peak (at least for this specific focus) in the middle of next week, following the SecState's presentation to the UNSC.

Thanks for your help

http://www.observer.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12239,905954,00.html

4 posted on 03/01/2003 4:32:44 PM PST by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Deeply embarrassed? Not at all. Here's to hoping the U.N. takes their marbles and goes home over this. Oh wait....they have no home the NYC. Oh well, perhaps they'd rather move to one of Saddam's palaces where they are sure not to be 'bugged'.....HAHAHAHAHAHAHA....
5 posted on 03/01/2003 4:34:44 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: M Kehoe
I hope the Observer is correct. I would expect nothing less from our government in time of war.

You'd better believe it! If we didn't have those phones tapped, I'd be seriously disappointed in our intelligence services. This leaked memo - if true - is pretty cool.
6 posted on 03/01/2003 4:35:36 PM PST by July 4th
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To: anniegetyourgun
no home except NYC....sorry for typos...I'm tired....
7 posted on 03/01/2003 4:35:48 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: July 4th
Maybe now they will move the UN to a safer area like Uganda.
8 posted on 03/01/2003 4:39:55 PM PST by boomop1
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To: Pokey78

9 posted on 03/01/2003 4:41:15 PM PST by Xthe17th (FREE THE STATES. Repudiate the 17th amendment!)
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To: boomop1
Maybe now they will move the UN to a safer area like Uganda.

Don't we all wish. But Aquavit, Petrossian, and Le Cirque can't be found on the streets of Kampala. The diplomats may hate America, but they and their staff love New York.
12 posted on 03/01/2003 4:43:33 PM PST by July 4th
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To: Pokey78
Can we get some photo's of Chirac in bed with a young boy ?
13 posted on 03/01/2003 4:44:09 PM PST by VRWC_minion ( Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and most are right)
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To: Pokey78
...U.S. uses Dirty Tricks to win at War..?

...KOWA-BUNGA,

...this means WAR!!!!
14 posted on 03/01/2003 4:44:49 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRay.com)
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To: Pokey78
The problem other countries have with us bugging these systems is it might interfere with their eavesdropping devices they've had in place since the UN started.
15 posted on 03/01/2003 4:45:05 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: Pokey78
More leaks.

Gots some moles in your midst Mr. President.

It is time to clean out the last of the lowlife clintonistas, and send them packing back to Russia, France, Germany, Iraq, and China, or where ever else the come from.

I sure hope that who ever has been in charge of orchestrating the obstruction by the UN has been caught on tape and it gets LEAKED.
16 posted on 03/01/2003 4:45:14 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Pokey78
I find it interesting the info was leaked. I wonder what kind of damaging information we want others to know we know ?
17 posted on 03/01/2003 4:45:37 PM PST by VRWC_minion ( Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and most are right)
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To: Just mythoughts
How do you know that the memo leak wasn't intentional ? It would be a great way to let some folks now we are wise to deals about Iraq and its oil or other related issues. It would surely let some countries think twice.
18 posted on 03/01/2003 4:47:28 PM PST by VRWC_minion ( Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and most are right)
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To: Pokey78
I've got news for The Observer -- if they think this is something new or unique, I've got some swamp land in Florida I would like to sell them!
19 posted on 03/01/2003 4:47:42 PM PST by TommyDale (Give us all a break.)
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To: Xthe17th
Buddy did it.
20 posted on 03/01/2003 4:48:43 PM PST by ysoitanly
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To: July 4th
Leeches, who hate everything about America except being here.
21 posted on 03/01/2003 4:51:07 PM PST by boomop1
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To: Pokey78
Revealed: US dirty tricks to win vote on Iraq war

Why... why.. how dare they, the b#st#rds!!

22 posted on 03/01/2003 4:51:19 PM PST by katnip
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To: Pokey78
How terrible. We are keeping tabs on a bunch of unelected, corrupt politicians feeding at the public trough. I'm so embarrassed. I mean, these guys are such close friends. /sarcasm
23 posted on 03/01/2003 4:51:57 PM PST by auboy (whiskey for my men, beer for my horses.)
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To: Just mythoughts
. . . and circulated to both senior agents in his organisation and to a friendly foreign intelligence agency . . .

Most likely leaked by someone in the "friendly foreign intelligence agency"; my guess being MI6.

24 posted on 03/01/2003 4:52:38 PM PST by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Revealed: US dirty tricks to win vote on Iraq war

WTF do they expect us to do, march into the open wearing bright red coats and not hide behind cover to fight?

25 posted on 03/01/2003 4:55:27 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: VRWC_minion
If the allegations of tapping phones is true, I can assure you that the administration did not want that to leak.

Either this story is bull, or a Clinton holdover is contributing to Bill's legacy of destruction.
26 posted on 03/01/2003 4:56:05 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: VRWC_minion
Good point.
27 posted on 03/01/2003 4:56:42 PM PST by Ima Lurker
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To: auboy
"Hello Gerard Schroeder? This is Saddaam. I just want to thank you for your magnificent contributions for Iraq. You know, my Republican Guards always tell me you Germans make the best gas but you're reliable too! Thanks a lot for all your assistance."

"Thank you Saddam, your greatness. Please be assured that we'll continue all we can do to assist in your endeavors. Anything we can do to further your efforts against those zionists. Excuse me, I have Jock Strap on the other line"

"Hello, Jacques? Yes this is Gerard. I have Saddam on the other line. I'm sure he appreciates all you're doing to further his regime as well and I can assure you Germany is also doing all it can do to help France keep its vast Oil contracts with Iraq and help him obtain all the materials he needs for his WMD, at the right prices, of course!"
28 posted on 03/01/2003 4:57:20 PM PST by Steven W.
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To: VRWC_minion
How do I even know that the leak is true?

This is not the kind of leak that President Bush would want, so easily used against him, in being dishonest, empire building, far more easily to attribute negativity to what is already claimed that Bush is.

If the NSA is doing this, not the kind of thing one would want splashed on the front of newspapers.

Better leak would be actual information gained by the bugging not that the bugging was being done.
29 posted on 03/01/2003 4:59:13 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: seamole
Get used to it. Remember when Clintoon lowered the security clearance bar? This is payback.
30 posted on 03/01/2003 5:01:38 PM PST by pfflier
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To: Pokey78; Dark Wing
"Deeply embarassing?" They wish.

If the resolution dies or isn't voted on before the invasion of Iraq starts, the UN will cease to exist, and with it the meal tickets of these yo-yo's.

31 posted on 03/01/2003 5:02:45 PM PST by Thud
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To: M Kehoe
Well then I'm sure you won't mind when Hillary & Company tap your phones/email when it comes time to vote, just to make sure she has the best ammunition to curry your favor.

Ethics matter.

32 posted on 03/01/2003 5:04:17 PM PST by Sirloin
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To: Pokey78
so the leak says. Far more value to leak what information was gained.

When a leak happens the whole picture must be looked at to see the purpose of a leak. Leaking that this is being done does not look positive on the President, leaking was was found out would put people on the spot and on the defence.

The story does not paint a positive picture of bugging, so why leak it?
33 posted on 03/01/2003 5:05:11 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Just mythoughts
sorry


leaking what was found out.....
34 posted on 03/01/2003 5:07:01 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: M Kehoe
"I hope the Observer is correct. I would expect nothing less from our government in time of war. "

LOL! Well said!

35 posted on 03/01/2003 5:07:26 PM PST by elfman2 on another computer
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To: Pokey78
As you've likely heard by now, the Agency is mounting a surge particularly directed at the UN Security Council (UNSC) members (minus US and GBR of course)

This phraseology is totally bogus.

36 posted on 03/01/2003 5:09:15 PM PST by Starboard
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To: VRWC_minion
That would make sadDAM mad .
chIRAQ is his butt boy.
37 posted on 03/01/2003 5:14:35 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Anything from ABCNNBCBS is suspect!)
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To: Sirloin
Well then I'm sure you won't mind when Hillary & Company tap your phones/email when it comes time to vote,...

The U.N. is a den of spies and thieves. Our (U.S.) intelligence services are gathering information on the enemy, potential enemies and allies also. Nothing in there about domestic surveillance on U.S. citizens. Unless you are a terrorist or criminal.

Oh, and I mind almost everything 97 does. She and her husband are pond scum.

5.56mm

38 posted on 03/01/2003 5:14:49 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: seamole
I'm sick of leaks.

the irony is, osama is sick because of no leaks.

dep

39 posted on 03/01/2003 5:15:51 PM PST by dep
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To: Pokey78
While I don't doubt--and in fact applaud--such surveillance given the fact that our national security IS at stake, I would be very surprised if a written memo such as this was actually circulated to numerous people. I'd think such instructions would be passed on verbally, not in some long-winded e-mail. This smells.

MM

40 posted on 03/01/2003 5:20:07 PM PST by MississippiMan
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To: Steven W.
George: That you, Frank?

Frank: Yes, Mr. President.

George: Good. I wanted to be the first to congratulate you on your promotion.

Frank: Well sir, a promotion is sure news to me.

George: You are our new surveillance chief in Spin Bolak. You'll have a company car, with official ensignia, expense account, all the perks.

Frank: Please, Mr. President, I'm so sorry for the leak.

George: Congratulations again, Frank. Someone is waiting outside your office to escort you on the next flight out. I know we can continue to count on you. Click

41 posted on 03/01/2003 5:22:03 PM PST by auboy (whiskey for my men, beer for my horses.)
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To: Pokey78
I think the french and germans made up this stuff. The language (minus US and GBR, of course)to obvious; who would put that in a memo??? It's bull. We are probbably bugging them but there are no memos; no this late in the game.
42 posted on 03/01/2003 5:24:10 PM PST by Porterville
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To: Texas_Jarhead
Exactly! Let the French have the UN!
43 posted on 03/01/2003 5:25:54 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG..)
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To: Pokey78
We've also asked ALL RT topi's to emphasise

We recognise that we can't afford...

Help me here. Why how could the "author" of this email misspell his own name in his return email address (is it Kozu or Koza)? If he is an American why is he using British spelling (emphasize, recognize are American spellings)? If this British rag modified the spelling, what else did they "correct," or make up?

This is pretty flimsy evidence anyway, judging by the Observer's defense of it: The language and content of the memo were judged to be authentic by three former intelligence operatives shown it by The Observer. We were also able to establish that Frank Koza (sic) does work for the NSA and could confirm his senior post in the Regional Targets section of the organisation. Wow, that's convincing.

Remember, anyone can say anything, especially in cyberspace.

44 posted on 03/01/2003 5:26:04 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion
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To: Pokey78
Snicker,snort..........looks like the left is very afraid of our beloved Condoleeza! So the smearing begins.
45 posted on 03/01/2003 5:26:18 PM PST by OldFriend
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To: Diddle E. Squat
If the allegations of tapping phones is true, I can assure you that the administration did not want that to leak.

I doubt we leaked without approval. In war time this could be considered near treason. Even a Clinton lackey would think more than twice.

46 posted on 03/01/2003 5:26:54 PM PST by VRWC_minion ( Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and most are right)
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To: Pokey78
Sounds fake.
47 posted on 03/01/2003 5:27:25 PM PST by paolop
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To: Pokey78
Good! We are finally up to dirty tricks. About time.
48 posted on 03/01/2003 5:28:20 PM PST by dalebert
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To: Porterville
The language (minus US and GBR, of course)to obvious; who would put that in a memo??? It's bull.

Precisely, and yes, painfully obvious.

49 posted on 03/01/2003 5:29:03 PM PST by Starboard
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To: paolop
yup. pom poofters at their most left-wing typical.

dep

50 posted on 03/01/2003 5:29:57 PM PST by dep
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