NSA authorized Australian wiretapping of US law firms in trade-dispute

A new Snowden leak, "SUSLOC (Special US Liaison Office Canberra) Facilitates Sensitive DSD Reporting on Trade Talks," details how the NSA mentored and oversaw Australian spies, and sanctioned their surveillance a of US law firm representing the nation of Indonesia in a trade dispute with Australia. The NSA and their Australian counterparts have captured the master keys for Telkomsel, the Indonesian carrier, and have total access to its communications. It's more evidence that mass surveillance and Internet wiretaps are about economic espionage more than national security -- and more evidence that the NSA is a lawless organization with no respect for foundational principles like attorney-client privilege.

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  1. inma says:

    And there it is! Finally the prove that the boundary has been crossed. I am perplex at the mild response of foreign countries had to these revelations. Isn't incentive enough for the NSA to spy on Airbus price dealings, or potential large contracts in the name of "national interest"?!
    Europe should not just recriminate fierily, but start working on securing communications for officials and corporations alike.

  2. Again, for all to see. Humans, your politicians and government, shall never be trusted for any excuse; Whether it be terrorism, dominance, or fear.

    We have a 4th amendment within the bill of rights.

    No, kinda sorta, maybe, think about it processes.... It is illegal. Signing some petition or document to limit or to have them explain why - is ridiculous.

    They need to be tried for treason.

    You have rights. Please understand fellow Americans over time it will get worse and they will create an Orwellian state. It has happened because it is human nature. They did not mentally think one day out of the blue "oh, ok let's see if we can create what's in this book and hundreds of other examples throughout history". They did it because it is inevitable. The founding fathers understood this and made an amendment, limiting this from happening. Use it.

  3. What's the big deal? I paid the NSA to wiretap all of my neighbors' phones and internet connections to find out who was leaving dog poop on my lawn. They're really very accommodating people when you get to know them.

  4. teapot says:

    All the indignant people calling for people to be tried for treason (especially in instances where no treason has occurred) should be tried for treason!

    @inma Countries are pissed about this. Angela Merkel got quite cranky at Obama for tapping her phone and the Indonesians are already angry at Australia for tapping the president and his wife's private mobiles. They withdrew their ambassador and have suspended cooperation on (illegal and immoral) anti-people-smuggling operations.


  5. To be frank, while I'm angry (though not surprised) at the ASIC operation because of its connotations when it comes to Australian involvement in mass surveillance, calling it corporate espionage is a bit of a stretch.

    Indonesia is Australia's nearest northern neighbour, and is the target of the majority of the country's international espionage (and vice versa, although Indonesia also has to worry more immediately about Singapore and China). Corporate espionage is about one corporation stealing information from another for financial gain. While an American law firm was involved in this operation (and it's pretty messed up that the NSA would let ASIC spy on Americans as a means to get to Indonesia), it's almost certain that the point of the operation was classic political espionage: being able to listen to the phone conversations of Indonesian politicians and bureaucrats.

    Our toad-headed PM isn't exactly making any friends in Indonesia (you may remember the recent wiretapping of the Indonesian PM scandal), and this news isn't going to make things any easier for diplomatic relations (that is if we have any diplomatic relations left).

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