26 Aug 2013

German magazine says US spied on UN meetings

10:47 am on 26 August 2013

A German magazine is reporting the United States spied on the headquarters of the United Nations in New York.

Der Speigel is basing its reporting on documents provided by the former US security contractor, Edward Snowden.

It also says America's National Security Agency spies on more than 80 embassies and consulates around the world.

Files provided by the fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden show that the US was able to crack the coding system on the UN's video conferencing in 2012 accessing hundreds of communications.

The article talks about a secret program called special collection service which has infiltrated communications from embassies and consulates around the world.

The revelations are likely to increase trans-Atlantic tensions especially as Germany heads into its presidential elections.