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Mystery Buggings in French and German EU HQ Offices

 
 
Reply Wed 19 Mar, 2003 12:05 pm
European Union officials have launched an investigation after bugging devices were found at offices used by several delegations - including those of France, Germany and the UK.

Extra security measures have been adopted ahead of a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday and Friday.

Spanish, Italian and Austrian offices had also been bugged, officials said.

The discovery of the telephone tapping systems was first reported on Wednesday by France's Le Figaro newspaper, which blamed the US.

Officials are reluctant to speculate on who was behind the move. 'I deny that we have identified whoever was responsible, whether it was the Americans, the Russians, the Chinese or whoever. We have launched an investigation, a council official told AFP.

A spokesman for the US mission to the EU declined to comment on the report.

EU investigates mystery buggings

Phone taps found at EU's Brussels HQ [/b]
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frolic
 
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Reply Wed 19 Mar, 2003 12:27 pm
This is major!!!

they found out on the 28th of feb? Why was it kept a secret for so long?

I find it hard to belief the US is behind this. In think they have to look for the major lobby offices or a EU country.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 19 Mar, 2003 12:38 pm
Well, I wondered about the date of discovery and how long it took until published, as well, frolic.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Wed 19 Mar, 2003 12:45 pm
I agree, it looks more like an internal thing. US would not really be greatly interested in taping internal debates of the individual delegations to the EU. But every EU member state watches other states jealously. It was to be expected, but the timing and the US accusation combination is low and just, embarassing.
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