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Wikileaks Files Detail ­.s. Electronic Surveillance


November 29, 2010

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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 a secret directive made public today by WikiLeaks.org.

The July 2009 directive issued under Clinton's name, which also asks for details about "information systems, networks, and technologies used by top officials and their support staffs," sheds rare light on the shadowy world of government espionage.

That classified dispatch is part of a massive document dump, about 250,000 diplomatic cables, that began appearing on the Internet this morning. WikiLeaks provided the files in advance to news organizations including Germany's Der Spiegel and Spain's El Pais and has said it would wait before releasing the cables on its own Web site. (See related CNET articles about a reported attack on WikiLeaks and a Congressman's effort to classify WikiLeaks as a terrorist organization.)

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