According to two recent claims, the NSA spied on international diplomats in both Mexico and France. A French newspaper, Le Monde, claims the NSA used a surveillance program known as “Genie” to remotely implant spyware into overseas computers, including at the French Embassy in D.C. and the French delegation at the U.N.  Le Monde also claims that the NSA spied on more than 70 million phone calls in France between December 2012 and January 2013.

Also, according to Der Spiegel, the NSA spied on the Mexican government by hacking the email server and email account of a former Mexico president, a domain that was also used by other members of Mexico’s cabinet. The agency also intercepted more than 85,000 text messages, some of which were sent by  Mexico’s current president.

In a statement made on Sunday, the NSA said

We have made clear that the United States gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations. As the president said in his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, we’ve begun to review the way that we gather intelligence, so that we properly balance the legitimate security concerns of our citizens and allies with the privacy concerns that all people share.

Read more at BBC here and at CNET here

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