US intelligence says US spy agencies used Russia as a front to spy on other countries
The US National Security Agency has admitted that its intelligence agencies secretly used Russia to spy for the spy agency’s own interests in violation of US laws and treaties.
Voxx, a global news organisation, reports that the revelation comes from a document leaked by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor.
In the report, published on Wednesday by the website, the NSA said it has agreed to pay $US100 million (£62.3m) in fines and penalties.
“The [US] National Security Information Exchange Program (NSIEP) was a collection and sharing mechanism for intelligence activities conducted by the NSA,” the NSA wrote in the document.”NSIEPs were used to conduct intelligence activities by the US government and contractors.”
The NSA did not say what activities it was conducting or how much money was paid.
A spokesperson for the agency said it had cooperated with the court, and that the agency would continue to work to bring to justice those who abused the system.”NSA will continue to use the criminal and civil remedies at its disposal to address the criminal activity, including fines, criminal sanctions and restitution,” the spokesperson said.
The document was obtained by Voxx through a Freedom of Information Act request by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The NSA said that its spies and analysts use technology to spy more than 90 countries, including Russia, China, Iran, Cuba and the United Kingdom.
The agency has been criticised in recent months for the indiscriminate use of surveillance technologies, and has been criticized by rights groups.
The whistleblower has been living in Russia for the past year.
“This [NSA] document was leaked in an effort to undermine US credibility with Russia and undermine our ability to conduct joint investigations,” Amnesty International’s director for Europe and Central Asia, Michael Ratner, said.
“In our opinion, this report is an important wake-up call for those who are complicit in violating US law and undermining US national security.”