Monday, August 4, 2014

Global Impact: DER SPIEGEL Highlights Israeli, Foreign Eavesdropping

According to Reuters, German magazine, Der Spiegel, reported on Sunday (August 3) that Israel and at least one other intelligence agency were eavesdropping on US Secretary of State John Kerry's unsecured phone calls last year when he was holding nearly daily negotiations for peace with various leaders in the Middle East.
Der Spiegel cited "several sources from intelligence circles" as saying that although Kerry has a secure phone at his official residence in Georgetown, while he was traveling and needed to make a quick phone call, during which he often made substantive calls on "open" lines. 

COMMENT: "A large number of these conversations, which went via satellite, were listened to by at least two intelligence agencies, including the Israelis," DER SPIEGEL wrote. 

"It is probable that the Russians and Chinese were also listening in," the German news magazine speculated:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/john-kerry-to-visit-german-chancellor-and-foreign-minister-a-946264

DER SPIEGEL said that Israel often knew precisely when Kerry was talking to the other sides. Kerry, the magazine said, was aware of the risks, but wanted results and personal conversations were more important to him than concerns from his security advisers.