US ordered surveillance of UN officials, including through obtaining biometric information

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered clandestine surveillance of United Nations leadership, including obtaining “security measures, passwords, personal encryption keys, and types of VPN versions used” and biometric information, according to cable 09STATE80163 made public today by WikiLeaks.org.

The National HUMINT Collection Directive (NHCD) on the United Nations asks for details about “information systems, networks, and technologies used by top officials and their support staffs,” and includes a comprehensive list of strategic  priorities (paragraph 3) and reporting and collection needs  (paragraph 4) intended to guide participating USG agencies as  they allocate resources and update plans to collect information on the United Nations.  One of the areas of interest which is of interest are:

Plans and intentions of member states or UN Special  Rapporteurs to press for resolutions or investigations into  US counterterrorism strategies and treatment of detainees in  Iraq, Afghanistan or Guantanamo.

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