NSA to snoop on Iranian president at UN meeting: NBC News report

The US National Security Agency (NSA) is most likely to spy on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his delegation during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York this week, according to a new report.

The top US spy agency would likely apply a “full court press” that includes intercepting cellphone calls and bugging hotel rooms to spy on foreign leaders, including Rouhani, NBC News reported on Wednesday, citing former intelligence analysts.

The Iranian president will arrive in New York on Thursday to address the 70th annual session of the General Assembly.

The American news network obtained a top-secret report on a previous NSA operation against the delegation Iran sent to the United Nations in 2007.

According to the document, the NSA bugged the hotel rooms and phones of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his entire delegation, and US spy agents listened to their thousands of conversations.

NBC News reported that the agency monitored in-person conversations, Skype calls and video conferences by the use of a secret technology called “Blarney”.

An “EXCEL spreadsheet guru” compiled information on all delegates as well as the schedules of Ahmadinejad and then-Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, including names, titles and passport numbers, according to the report.

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