Sunday, November 3, 2013

‘US spies on Nigerian securityagencies’

Punch Report. Indications emerged on Saturday that
the United States has been spying on
the Nigeria's security agencies,<--
especially the State Security Service,
and probably the Presidency.
In a report published in New York
Times, Edward Snowden, an American
computer specialist, who worked for the
US Central Intelligence Agency and as a
contractor with the US National Security
Agency, stated that Nigeria's SSS was
one of the security agencies across the
globe that the N.S.A. had been
listening in on.
He said briefs on the information
gleaned from intercepting of telephone
conversations and hacking of
computers of the SSS, other security
agencies in Nigeria and other countries
are delivered to the office of the US
President, Barrack Obama every
"By many accounts, the agency
provides more than half of the
intelligence nuggets delivered to the
White House early each morning in the
President's Daily Brief — a measure of
success for American spies. One
document boasts that listening in on
Nigerian State Security Service had
provided items for the briefing "nearly
two dozen" times. In every
international crisis, American policy
makers look to the N.S.A. for inside
information," Snowden told New York
The release of documents that proved
that the NSA had been eavesdropping
on the communications of world
leaders, including US allies, had caused
diplomatic rows, with Germany and
some other countries protesting.
Snowden also noted that the NSA had
obtained thousands of classified
documents, containing secrets of
governments around the world,
pointing to a possibility that it might
have obtained secret documents of the
Federal Government of Nigeria, or
tapped President Goodluck Jonathan's
phone conversations.
Snowden, who is on a temporary
political asylum in Russia, disclosed
classified details of several top-secret
United States, Israeli, and British
government mass surveillance
programmes to the press.
He started releasing the NSA's
documents in June and the documents
he has released so far show that the US
has been spying most countries in the

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