EU among priority targets for US spy agency, says weekly, citing leaked document
BERLIN (AFP) - The European Union is ranked as a key priority in a list of spying targets for the United States National Security Agency (NSA), German weekly Der Spiegel said on Saturday, citing a document leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
The classified document, dated April 2013, states that the US secret services are especially interested in gathering intelligence concerning the 28-member bloc's foreign policy, international trade, and economic stability, the magazine reported.
Using a ranking system from one to five (from high to low importance), those three areas were given a No. 3 ranking, according to the document seen by Der Spiegel. Topics related to new technology and energy security were assigned the lowest-level priority.
Among individual countries, Washington reportedly listed China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and North Korea among its top surveillance targets.