After British newspaper The Guardian revealed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had been spying on at least 35 world leaders, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said he would demand confirmation from the US authorities “that he was not being spied on.”
According to British journalist Duncan Campbell, surveillance equipment is concealed in sheds atop some US embassies, including the one in Warsaw
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While angered by the possibility that one of Poland’s biggest allies could tap into telephone conversations between the country’s top officials, he wasn’t surprised. “Special services and intelligence units are not a school of good manners,” he said.
Mr Tusk warned that both sides – the EU and the US – have to trust each other, both in terms of bilateral relations and within NATO structures, which is why Poland’s PM is pushing for clarification of the situation as soon as possible.
Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski added that he would seek confirmation from “higher circles of US government” as to whether Polish officials had been spied on. The US announced that Secretary of State John Kerry would be traveling to Warsaw this week to discuss the issue.
But the wiretap scandal doesn’t end there. Recently, the German weekly Der Spiegel wrote about a special CIA unit called Special Collection Service (SCS), which uses some 80 US embassies around the world (19 in Europe) to collect data.
According to British journalist Duncan Campbell, the embassy in Warsaw is one such location. Mr Campbell claims that the surveillance equipment is concealed in sheds atop US embassy buildings, including the one in Warsaw.
Quoting a top-secret document, the German weekly claims that SCS agents are accredited as diplomats and use their own “sophisticated listening devices with which they can intercept virtually every popular method of communication: cellular signals, wireless networks and satellite communication.”
US Ambassador to Poland Stephen D. Mull wrote on his Twitter account that “I can assure that relations between Poland and the US are close and excellent,” but declined to discuss details.
Polish authorities maintain that their communications should be secure. Since 2011, top officials in the country are using the latest encrypted system to communicate amongst themselves. Poland’s Internal Security Agency claims that it would take 50 years to breach the network’s encryption system.
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