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NSA hacked Email Account of Mexican President

Written on:October 20, 2013
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The National Security Agency (NSA ) of United States hacked into the Mexican president’s public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system. The news is likely to hurt ties between the US and Mexico.

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The Threat Operations Center inside the NSA

NSA has a division for particularly difficult missions. Called “Tailored Access Operations” (TAO), this department devises special methods for special targets.

That category includes surveillance of neighboring Mexico, and in May 2010, the division reported its mission accomplished. A report classified as “top secret” said: “TAO successfully exploited a key mail server in the Mexican Presidencia domain within the Mexican Presidential network to gain first-ever access to President Felipe Calderon’s public email account.” According to the NSA, this email domain was also used by cabinet members, and contained “diplomatic, economic and leadership communications which continue to provide insight into Mexico’s political system and internal stability.”

This operation, dubbed “Flatliquid,” is described in a document leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

NSA message

Meanwhile U.S President Barack Obama’s administration is urging the Supreme Court not to take up the first case it has received on controversial National Security Agency cybersnooping. US government attorneys argue that the Supreme Court does not have the jurisdiction to take the case, filed in July by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

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  1. W. Anderson says:

    This revelation – if documented in the Snowden papers – is quite disturbing, since I cannot see any logical or ethical reason for the US government to, probably illegally break into the e-mail of the Head of State of another – very friendly and next-door neighbor country.

    On it’s face this action is disgraceful and sinister, and can only bring great harm to the USA diplomatic status in the world. Already Brazil, another so-called ally, is “pissed off” – to put it mildly – with the USA actions of spying on them.

    Neither President Obama, the Congress or the populace have any notion of reality in the harm done by US diplomatic and or technological imperialism.

    Some would thus call USA terrorist against their country.

  2. Country_without_a_constitution says:

    I would not want to be an American living abroad. These privacy violations are uncivilized amongst other things.