BRUSSELS — Leaked US diplomatic cables appear to show that the United States has been snooping on NATO's top official using secret sources on his own staff.
Confidential cables from the US mission to NATO released Friday by WikiLeaks said American diplomats received information on the private conversations of Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen from "a member of the NATO international staff."
Instead of the staffer's name, the phrase "strictly protect" was inserted in a cable dated Sept. 10, 2009. The cable dealt with Fogh Rasmussen's proposal to improve ties with Russia by establishing contacts with the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a Russia-dominated security alliance.
The cable was signed off by US ambassador Ivo Daalder.