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Spying Much Denied but Done a Lot at U.N., Experts Say

From the very first day it convened, the United Nations has been a magnet for spies, according to U.N. diplomats and U.S. intelligence experts. The tapping of phone lines and the planting of microphones in U.N. offices are common enough that the organization employs a team of debuggers, headed by a former New York police officer, to routinely sweep offices and respond to requests from nations that suspect their officials are being monitored. “In my opinion everybody spies on everybody, and when there’s a crisis, big countries spy a lot,” said Inocencio F. Arias, Spain’s ambassador to the United Nations. “I wouldn’t be surprised if this secretary general and other secretary generals have been listened to by a handful of big powers, and not only the ones you are thinking.” Full Story

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