Monday, November 29, 2010
The latest WikiLeaks bombshell is a doozy.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played Mata Hari and ordered U.S. diplomats spy on other countries’ representatives at the United Nations, according to a directive signed by Clinton. Diplomats were told to collect information about e-mail accounts, credit cards and passwords, among other things.
The directive signed by Hillary Clinton, according to WikiLeaks documents seen by DER SPIEGEL.
The directive was named the “National Humint Collection Directive,” and came into force on July 31, 2009.
The information to be collected included personal credit card information, frequent flier customer numbers, as well as e-mail and telephone accounts. In many cases the State Department also requested “biometric information,” “passwords” and “personal encryption keys.” In the U.S., the term biometric information generally refers to fingerprints, passport photos and iris scans, among other things.
The U.S. State Department also wanted to obtain information on the plans and intentions of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his secretariat relating to issues like Iran, according to the detailed wish list in the directive. The instructions were sent to 30 US embassies around the world, including the one in Berlin.
The detailed document also reveals which UN issues of greatest interest to the U.S. government. These included: “Darfur/Sudan,” “Afghanistan/Pakistan,” Somalia, Iran and North Korea. Other top issues included Paraguay and the Palestinian Territories, eight West African states including Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Senegal, as well as various states in Eastern Europe.
As justification for the espionage orders, Clinton emphasized that a large share of the information that the U.S. intelligence agencies works with comes from the reports put together by State Department staff around the world.
All of which begs the question? Who instructed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to order U.S. diplomats to spy on UN representatives?