Saturday, September 15, 2012

Examiner: More spies at the United Nations than diplomats, claims intelligence expert

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According to H. Keith Millon, an expert on spy technology and intelligence historian, “there are more spies at the United Nations than diplomats” (see article: Spy exhibit could expose intelligence secrets ).
Spies most commonly refer to those people who engage in spying, espionage or clandestine operations. Spying involves a government or individual obtaining information that, is considered "secret or confidential" without the permission of the holder of the information. Espionage is inherently clandestine, and therefore is very unwelcome and, in many cases illegal and punishable by law.
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Spying on the United Nations in this case refers to acts of "espionage" committed by states against the United Nations. The UN claims that acts of espionage on it are illegal under a number of international treaties, including the 1946 Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, the 1947 agreement between the United Nations and the United States, and the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
It should be noted that the U.S. violated all those agreements on numerous occasions. In one notable incident, the U.S. (and other Western countries) were found to be spying on the UN in March 2003, in the run-up to the Iraq War, and actual bugging devices were found inside the UN (see article: New bugging device found in UN offices ).

Spying is so bad at the UN that even the diplomats spy on one another.
U.S. diplomats were directed to spy on UN leaders, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, as well as the Security Council delegations of Russia, China, France, and the United Kingdom (see article: US diplomats spied on UN leadership ).

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