Snowden leaks include international spying during G20 summit

Jun 17, 2013

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden talked to The Guardian newspaper about how American surveillance systems work and why he decided to reveal NSA files to the public.; Credit: The Guardian

The G8 summit began today and Edward Snowden’s leaks have many world leaders concerned. According to The Guardian, Snowden has documents that show international spying during the 2009 G20 summit in London. During the summit, Britain’s GCHQ is accused of monitoring emails and phone calls of world leaders through internet cafes and key-logging programs. The NSA is also accused of spying on the then-Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. The Guardian reports that Britain spying on its allies was solely for “the more mundane purpose of securing an advantage in meetings.”

Who was targeted and why? What will happen at the G8 summit? How are British and American allies responding? What is Snowden’s motivation for disclosing this information?

Michael C. Moynihan, Cultural News Editor at the Daily Beast

Jesselyn Radack, National Security & Human Rights Director, Government Accountability Project  (GAP) – Founded in 1977, GAP is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization; Radack has represented high-profile whistleblowers, including former NSA official Thomas Drake in an espionage case

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