International Community Continues To Fret Over U.S. Spying


Countries around the world are taking different approaches to address concerns over the United States’ National Security Agency Spying initiatives exposed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden recently.

According to Izvestia, Russian intelligence officials have made steps to going back to using paper documents to communicate certain sensitive information.

Russia’s Federal Guard Service recently ordered 20 Triumph Adler typewriters in order to avoid leaving an electronic trail of certain sensitive information.

“After the scandal with the spread of secret documents by WikiLeaks, the revelations of Edward Snowden, reports of listening to Dmitry Medvedev during his visit to the G20 summit in London, the practice of creating paper documents will increase,” an unidentified FSO official told Izvestia.

According to the report certain Russian agencies such as the nation’s defense ministry, emergency situations ministry and the security services never switched to electronic documents because they never accepted that electronic communication was secure.

“From the point of view of ensuring security, any form of electronic communication is vulnerable,” Nikolai Kovalev, an MP and former head of the Federal Security Service, the successor to the KGB, tells Izvestia.

“Any information can be taken from computers,” he says. “Of course there are means of protection, but there is no 100% guarantee they will work. So from the point of view of keeping secrets, the most primitive method is preferred: a human hand with a pen or a typewriter.”

Meanwhile, U.S. allies in the America continent want answers about the spying allegations from Washington.

Via BBC:

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff urged the US to explain, and has ordered an investigation into the claims.

She said if true they would represent “violations of sovereignty and human rights”.

During angry exchanges in parliament on Wednesday, senators suggested Brazil should give Mr Snowden asylum, while others said Brazil should cancel lucrative defence contracts with the US…

…Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said the foreign ministry had asked “quite clearly” for an explanation about the spying allegations.

“And we want to know if this is the case, and if it is so, it would obviously be totally unacceptable,” he said.

Officials in Chile and Colombia made similar statements earlier in the week.

Foreign policy analysts say that delicate U.S. relations with certain Nations south of the border should elicit a careful response and investigation into reports of spying from U.S. officials.

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  • Paul Anthony

    Russia has outsmarted us again.
    During the space race, NASA spent a fortune designing a pen that could write in zero gravity. It was rumored that the Soviets issued their cosmonauts pencils.

    • elmcqueen3

      And to show how great friends we are with the Russians we turned over all the blue prints of our space shuttle, etc. so they could duplicate it…You can see this exact russian duplicate of our space shuttle at Speyer, Germany’s air museum…I have no glue how the Germans obtained it but it is there…Don’f forget to visit the beautiful the enormous Cathedral…Five of the Popes are entombed there guarded by hugh statues of Knights quarding their rest!…You’ll love the excursion!

    • Diana

      Crazy how stupid these money wasters and government are. Time to clean house.Bring back common sense and truth.

  • DavidL

    The world hates us because we spy? Well, i guess the world hates itself because…….. wait for it…….. everyone spies. It’s called self defense.

    • observer

      No David, the world doesn’t hate us because we spy. There are various other reasons, some fair, others unfair but we should perhaps take a look at ourselves and not just see perfection in the mirror all the time.

  • BHR

    All countries spy but America has gone to new heights. We need friends in this world. When you have a fried you have trust, America has lost most of that trust and friends. Obama is seen as a power monger. Even Israel our best friend is afraid of Obama, they think he well sell them out. How can we expect the world to trust America when we don’t. Obama thinks you can buy friends and he keeps trying.

  • BHR

    All countries spy but Obama has gone to new heights. We need friends in this world, to make this possible we must build trust. We are not trusted, I think Obamas arrogance, lecturing the worlds nations on how they should run their countries is not well accepted, plus massive spying has lost trust. Obama tries to buy friends, does not work.