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NSA Bugged UN Headquarters In New York
The National Security Agency bugged the UN's headquarters in New York and other major organisations, according to reports.
Citing secret US documents obtained by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, Germany's Der Spiegel newspaper said the files showed the US systematically spied on other states and institutions.
The report said the European Union and the UN's Vienna-based nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IEAA), was also among those targeted by intelligence agents.
According to one of the documents, NSA experts succeeded in getting into the UN video conferencing system and cracking its coding in 2012.
The document said: "The data traffic gives us internal video teleconferences of the United Nations (yay!)."
According to the documents, the NSA ran a bugging programme in more than 80 embassies and consulates worldwide called the Special Collection Service.
Der Spiegel wrote: "The surveillance is intensive and well-organised and has little or nothing to do with warding off terrorists."
Snowden's leaks have embarrassed the US by exposing the global extent of its surveillance programmes.
Washington has said its spies operate within the law and that the leaks have damaged national security.
Snowden is wanted in the US for his revelations and is currently living at an unknown location in Russia after Moscow granted him temporary asylum for a year on August 1.
Last week, Britain detained the partner of a Brazil-based journalist working for The Guardian newspaper who has led coverage of Snowden's leaks.
British police said documents seized from David Miranda were "highly sensitive" and could put lives at risk if disclosed.
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama announced plans to limit the government surveillance programmes and said they should be more transparent.