US eavesdropping on world leaders

The list of world leaders whose phones have been tapped includes UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and French President Nicolas Sarcosi.

23 February 2016 13:37

A report published by WikiLeaks website claims that the US National Security Agency has been eavesdropping on the world leaders.

According to the report, US special services bugged the meeting of key EU and Japanese trade ministers during which they discussing WTO-related questions. Wikileaks emphasizes that some of the documents are the most highly classified documents ever published by a media organization.

The Wikileaks report also claims that the National Security Agency listened in on a private meeting between French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancelor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The report alleges that the NSA wiretapped a telephone conversation between Ban Ki Moon and Angela Merkel over climate change, as well as listened in on Netanyahu asking Berlusconi to help him ‘deal with Obama’.

Julian Assange, who founded Wikileaks in 2012, is currently hiding at the Ecuador embassy in London after being granted a political asylum in this country.  He has been in hiding ever since a British court ruled to extradite him to Sweden to stand trial over sex offence allegations.