NSA spied on 122 world leaders: report

Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas are also on the list of 122 world leaders who were targeted by the U.S. National Security Agency

Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas are also on the list of 122 world leaders who were targeted by the U.S. National Security Agency

BERLIN - A newly disclosed secret document reveals Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas were also targeted by NSA’s secret surveillance, German weekly Der Spiegel reported on Saturday. 

The secret NSA document disclosed by Der Spiegel on Saturday has revealed details about a special program called Nymrod that searches information about world leaders on a data base that involves data from intercepted telephone, fax and computer communications.

The confidential document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and published on Spiegel Online on Saturday, showed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a close ally of the U.S. administration was also targeted in secret surveillance. NSA’s database included more than 300 "cites" on Merkel.

Names of 11 world leaders were listed on the secret NSA document dated 2009. The list, prepared in an alphabetical order, started with Abdullah Badawi, the prime minister of Malaysia in 2009, and continued with former Somali president Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazin).

The single-page summary document indicated that there were 122 leaders on the list, and former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was seen as the 122nd at the bottom.

Other world leaders mentioned with their exact names on the NSA document are the following: Syrian President Bashar al-Asad, Belarus’s President Alexander Lukashenko, Peru’s former president Alan Garcia, Guatemala’s former president Alvaro Colom, Colombia’s former president Alvaro Uribe and former president of Mali, Amadou Toumani Toure.

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