Sunday, November 3, 2013
‘US spies on Nigerian security agencies’
on the Nigeria's security agencies, especially the State Security
Service, and probably the Presidency.
In a report published inNew York Times, Edward Snowden, an American
computer specialist, who worked for the US Central Intelligence Agency
and as a contractor with the US National Security Agency, stated that
Nigeria's SSS was one of the security agencies across the globe that
the N.S.A. had been listening in on.
He said briefs on the information gleaned from intercepting of
telephone conversations and hacking of computers of the SSS, other
security agencies in Nigeria and other countries are delivered to the
office of the US President, Barrack Obama every morning.
"By many accounts, the agency provides more than half of the
intelligence nuggets delivered to the White House early each morning
in the President's Daily Brief — a measure of success for American
spies. One document boasts that listening in on Nigerian State
Security Service had provided items for the briefing "nearly two
dozen" times. In every international crisis, American policy makers
look to the N.S.A. for inside information," Snowden toldNew York
The release of documents that proved that the NSA had been
eavesdropping on the communications of world leaders, including US
allies, had caused diplomatic rows, with Germany and some other
Snowden also noted that the NSA had obtained thousands of classified
documents, containing secrets of governments around the world,
pointing to a possibility that it might have obtained secret documents
of the Federal Government of Nigeria, or tapped President Goodluck
Jonathan's phone conversations.
Snowden, who is on a temporary political asylum in Russia, disclosed
classified details of several top-secret United States, Israeli, and
British government mass surveillance programmes to the press.
He started releasing the NSA's documents in June and the documents he
has released so far show that the US has been spying most countries in