Anglo-American NSA Surveillance Targeted Russian Delegation at 2009 G20

16 June (LPAC) According to documents Edward Snowden provided the Guardian, foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitors and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts. Some delegates were tricked into using Internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic.

Menwith Hill, RAF. CC: Malcolm Street,

According to the Guardian report, then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his delegation were targeted for surveillance. Medvedev arrived in London on Wednesday 1 April and the NSA intercepted communications from his delegation the same day, according to the leaked NSA paper, entitled: “Russian Leadership Communications in support of President Dmitry Medvedev at the G20 summit in London – Intercept at Menwith Hill station.”The station at Menwith Hill was first leased to the Americans in 1954 and the NSA has had a large presence there since 1966. The Guardian reports, “It has often been described as the biggest surveillance and interception facility in the world, and has 33 distinct white ‘radomes’ that house satellite dishes. A US base in all but name, it has British intelligence analysts seconded to work alongside NSA colleagues, though it is unclear how the two agencies obtain and share intelligence – and under whose legal authority they are working under.he disclosure underlines the importance of the US spy hub at RAF Menwith Hill in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, where hundreds of NSA analysts are based, working alongside liaison officers from GCHQ.”These further revelations on the extensive reach of NSA were published on the eve of the G8 summit hosted by the British in North Ireland. It also comes in the midst of growing tensions between the West and Russia over the degenerating situation in Syria and Obama’s decision to officially arm Syrian rebels

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