Unicef, Médecins du Monde, former Israeli prime minister, and African heads of state were among those targeted by the US National Security Agency and the UK Government Communications Headquarters, documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden show.

In surveillance of more than 1,000 targets in more than 60 countries between 2008 to 2011, the National Security Agency and Britain’s General Communications Headquarters spied on the communications of foreign leaders, including former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, according to secret documents revealed by intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

The vice president of the European Commission, Joaquin Almunia of Spain, who has authority over anti-trust issues, also appears on a list of surveillance targets, it said.

Almunia has clashed with US tech giant Google over how it operates its search engine and when contacted by the Times, Almunia said he was “strongly upset” by the revelations of eavesdropping.

The NSA did not confirm or deny the report but insisted it does not spy to assist American corporations.

“As we have previously said, we do not use our foreign intelligence capabilities to steal the trade secrets of foreign companies on behalf of – or give intelligence we collect to – US companies to enhance their international competitiveness or increase their bottom line,” NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines said.. see more

source: voice of russia