European Commission Orders Bugging Sweep after US Spying Claims

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso ordered the “comprehensive sweep”

From Peter Spiegel and Quentin Peel, Financial Times:  The European Commission has ordered a sweep of its facilities in Brussels following revelations that US intelligence agencies have been tapping data feeds and bugging communications of EU offices and missions.

The commission’s move came as European recriminations intensified over the claims of US surveillance of EU and European offices in Washington and New York. . . .

Pia Ahrenkilde, a commission spokesperson, said José Manuel Barroso, the commission president, ordered the “comprehensive sweep” after the revelations were published.

Ms Ahrenkilde called the revelations “disturbing” and said Brussels would “demand full clarification” from Washington.

Michael Mann, a spokesman for the EU’s diplomatic corps, said the EU’s mission in Washington moved offices in 2010, the same year as the Snowden documents, and its mission to the UN moved last year, suggesting the US spying may be “historic.”   (photo: Yves Herman/Reuters)

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