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[] 'Dirty tricks' campaign against UN Security Council delegations,

The Observer
Talk about dirty tricks?
Martin Bright, Ed Vulliamy in New York and Peter Beaumont
Sunday March 2, 2003

The United States is conducting a secret 'dirty tricks' campaign against 
UN Security Council delegations in New York as part of its battle to win 
votes in favour of war against Iraq.

Details of the aggressive surveillance operation, which involves 
interception of the home and office telephones and the emails of UN 
delegates in New York, are revealed in a document leaked to The Observer.



The text of the NSA memorandum detailing the US plan to bug the phones 
and emails of key Security Council members:

To: [Recipients withheld]
- Chief of Staff (Regional Target) CIV/NSA
on 31/01/2003 0:16
Subject: Reflections of Iraq debate/votes at UN - RT actions and 
potential for related contributions
Importance: High

As you've likely heard by now, the Agency is mounting a surge 
particularly directed at the UN Security Council (UNSC) members (minus 
US and GBR of course) for insights as to how to membership is reacting 
to the on-going debate RE: Iraq, plans to vote on any related 
resolutions, what related policies/ negotiating positions they may be 
considering, alliances/ dependencies, etc - the whole gamut of 
information that could give US policymakers an edge in obtaining results 
favourable to US goals or to head off surprises. In RT, that means a QRC 
surge effort to revive/ create efforts against UNSC members Angola, 
Cameroon, Chile, Bulgaria and Guinea, as well as extra focus on Pakistan 
UN matters.

We've also asked ALL RT topi's to emphasise and make sure they pay 
attention to existing non-UNSC member UN-related and domestic comms for 
anything useful related to the UNSC deliberations/ debates/ votes. We 
have a lot of special UN-related diplomatic coverage (various UN 
delegations) from countries not sitting on the UNSC right now that could 
contribute related perspectives/ insights/ whatever. We recognise that 
we can't afford to ignore this possible source.

We'd appreciate your support in getting the word to your analysts who 
might have similar, more in-direct access to valuable information from 
accesses in your product lines. I suspect that you'll be hearing more 
along these lines in formal channels - especially as this effort will 
probably peak (at least for this specific focus) in the middle of next 
week, following the SecState's presentation to the UNSC.

Thanks for your help

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