WikiLeaks: NSA Spied on World Leaders Climate Change Meetings for Big Oil Companies

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

WikiLeaks’ founder and editor Julian Assange, has revealed the late February, how the NSA spied on private meetings as part of an ongoing relationship with the big oil companies in the United States. WikiLeaks have published secret documents showing how the NSA spied on world leaders German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the prime ministers of Israel and Italy, and the UN chief Ban Ki-Moon while in private meetings over climate change and other strategical issues.

In an official statement Assange said “Today we proved the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s private meetings over how to save the planet from climate change were bugged by a country intent on protecting its largest oil companies.”

The United Nations is more than likely to react to these leaks, with Assange admitting “We previously published Hillary Clinton’s orders that US diplomats were to steal the secretary general’s DNA. The US government has signed agreements with the UN that it will not engage in such conduct against the UN — let alone its secretary general.”

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Leaked documents entail the approach by Merkel, with the combined efforts of other world leaders, in an exchange intercepted by the NSA on December 10, 2008. Documenting discussions between UN’s Ban Ki-Moon and Merkel on their wish to “bridge” the climate change issues, the NSA note a possible mini-summit in 2009 and the involvement of the then new U.S. administration.

Other world leaders were also targeted by the NSA, including Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu who was trying to find ways to get Obama onside; EU economic officials for France, Austria and Belgium; the phones of Italy’s ambassador to NATO and EU and Japanese trade ministers discussing how to stop the United States “extort[ing] them at the WTO Doha arounds.”

“…private meetings over how to save the planet from climate change were bugged by a country intent on protecting its largest oil companies.”

Also listening in to conversations, the NSA was privy to discussions involving the Italian economy, and how it was prone to “pop like a cork,” in context of its debt. This particular breach was in 2011, a year after Hilary Clinton, then US Secretary of State, had promised the UN there would be no more breaches of conduct.

The extent of the release is historical. No other media outlet has released such classified documents, as WikiLeaks suggests. The “TOP-SECRET COMINT-GAMMA” documents are yet another notch in Assange’s belt, albeit the United States attempts to have him shipped to American soil.

Assange won’t back down, and nor should he; when the likes of an American agency is caught with their pants down and their hand in the proverbial cookie jar.