US to UN: Washington won't spy on world body

October 30, 2013 20:27

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations said on Wednesday that the United States has pledged not to spy on the world body's communications after a report that the National Security Agency had gained access to the UN video conferencing system.

The United Nations contacted US authorities after the spying revelations were made by German news magazine Der Spiegel in August, citing documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

"I understand that the US authorities have given assurances that United Nations communications are not and will not be monitored," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters on Wednesday. Nesirky declined to comment further when asked if US authorities had previously spied on UN communications.

The United States has faced international criticism over its far-reaching global surveillance activities following Snowden's disclosure of previously secret documents this year. US allies, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have protested over American spying on foreign heads of state.

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