More Leaks From Edward Snowden: NSA Spied On Mexican President, Read His Emails

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The United States National Security Agency (NSA) is under scrutiny once again for eavesdropping.
This time, however, it is not American citizens that the NSA is accused of spying on.
According to new evidence obtained by Spiegel Online, the NSA hacked into the email of Mexico’s former president, Felipe Calderon. Spiegel claims the information comes from documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
According to Spiegel, a report from May 2010 claims that by hacking into Calderon’s email, the government agency was able to learn details about “diplomatic, economic and leadership communications which continue to provide insight into Mexico’s political system and internal stability.”
The U.S. also used the information obtained to monitor Mexico’s drug trade and economic status.
Then during the summer of 2012, the NSA “took its activities to new heights as elections took place in Mexico. Despite having access to the presidential computer network, the US knew little about Enrique Peña Nieto, designated successor to Felipe Calderón.”
The U.S. government snooped on 85,489 text messages of Peña Nieto, who is currently Mexico’s president, and those in his “inner circle.”

The NSA has spied on Brazilian politicians, too, which has caused an outrage in Latin America. Spiegel reports, “According to one internal NSA presentation, the agency investigated “the communication methods and associated selectors of Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff and her key advisers.” It also said it found potential “high-value targets” among her inner circle.”
Spiegel contacted the NSA for a comment on the new bombshell report. In response, the agency released the following statement:
“We are not going to comment publicly on every specific alleged intelligence activity, and as a matter of policy 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 UN 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.”
Some argue that the leaking of information regarding NSA spying is straining our relationships with other countries.
Do you think that such spying is better kept secret, as to not hurt ties with allies? Or do you believe in a more transparent government, where citizens area aware of all government doings?
Then again, that question could be avoided altogether if the U.S. hadn’t spied in the first place.
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Kristin Tate

Kristin Tate is a multi-media journalist. She learned the ropes of effective journalism from John Stossel and James O'Keefe. Tate was a Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) Chapter President and Founder in Boston. She has been heavily involved in the libertarian movement, campaigning for notable candidates like Ron Paul and Thomas Massie. She will continue to fight tirelessly for individual liberty and free markets through journalism and new media.

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