International Community Continues To Fret Over U.S. Spying
July 11, 2013 by Sam Rolley
Countries around the world are taking different approaches to address concerns over the United Statesâ€™ 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 nationâ€™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.
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 USâ€¦
â€¦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.