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Report of plans by U.S. to spy on U.N. states questioned

A British Sunday newspaper reported yesterday that the United States is waging a “secret” campaign to eavesdrop on U.N. Security Council delegations in New York in its battle to win votes in favor of war against Iraq. The London Observer said it had obtained a memo describing what it called a “dirty tricks” surveillance operation that involves interception of the home and office telephone calls and the e-mail of U.N. delegates. However, the authenticity of the memorandum was called into question and it was not clear from the text published by the newspaper that “secret” surveillance, interception of telephone calls and e-mail, or other extraordinary measures were suggested. The Observer story was widely reported throughout the Middle East and Europe and could complicate U.S. and British efforts to win a new resolution in the Security Council. Full Story

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