‘U.S. spied on climate change talks’

Written by | February 1, 2014 | 0

NEW DELHI, Feb 01:  The U.S. government spied on delegates at the high-profile UN climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009, a document obtained by some media houses via whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed.

The talks were spied on to get critical prior information on the host country and other countries’ negotiating positions even as U.S. President Barack Obama flew in to sign a deal with them.

The summit saw the coming together of more than 90 heads of states and delegates from more than 180 countries to hammer together a binding global deal on climate change, but the talks collapsed. A political agreement, The Copenhagen Accord, hammered together by the U.S., taking the lead to negotiate with four other BASIC countries — Brazil, India, China and South Africa — could not be adopted by consensus as a UN agreement.

The document, an internal U.S. National Security Agency text, reads: “Analysts here at NSA, as well as our Second Party partners, will continue to provide policymakers with unique, timely, and valuable insights into key countries’ preparations and goals for the conference, as well as deliberations within countries on climate change policies and negotiating strategies.”

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