As new revelations show heads of 35 nations have been targeted by the spying efforts of the US National Security Agency, an international lawyer says the effects are “yet to be seen.”
Barry Grossman, international lawyer based in Indonesia said Monday in an interview with Press TV that NSA’s massive data collection has “little effect” on US foreign policy since “foreign policy in the United States seems to be predetermined and ratcheted in by vested interest so it doesn’t seem at all to be responsive to the concerns of other nations.”
But the effect on foreign relations, he said, “is yet to be seen.”
The Guardian reported Thursday that the super spy age agency had monitored the telephone conversations of 35 world leaders.
“This isn’t just eavesdropping” Grossman said. “This is comprehensive data dragnet that is devoid of any legitimate purpose which doesn’t have any legal foundation.”
“It’s the NSA literally dragging all the data it can out of the system and filing it away for use to suite its own purposes of foreign policy,” he added.
The revelations are based on documents provided to media by Edward J Snowden, a former NSA contractor. In June, He first leaked two top secret US government spying programs under which the NSA and the FBI are eavesdropping on millions of American and European phone records and the Internet data from major Internet companies such as Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Apple, and Microsoft.
The NSA scandal took even broader dimensions when Snowden revealed information about its espionage activities targeting friendly countries.
“I certainly don’t see how doing this is in anyway going to endear the United States to the people of other nations,” Grossman said.
Source: Press TV