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Intelligence Leak Reveals US Surveillance in Balkans

The US gave its National Security Agency the authority to spy on every Balkan country, according to a leaked government document published by the Washington Post.

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The document published on Tuesday by the Washington Post said that the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2010 gave the National Security Agency, NSA the right to target every country in the world recognised by the US except Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

The document was part of a cache leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The certification gives the NSA legal authority to gather intelligence on any country on the list, including the collection of e-mails or phone calls.

The information must be related to a foreign intelligence requirement, of which the Washington Post said there are thousands.

Serbian media outlets have speculated that the NSA’s interest in Serbia stems from Belgrade’s close ties to Moscow.

“It is certain that because of Serbia's relationship with Russia, the communications of local politicians are also of interest,” Serbian daily newspaper Blic quoted an anonymous source from the Serbian Military Security Agency as saying.

Belgrade has refused to support sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis. The Serbian prime minister and president believe that “Russia is a vital ally for Serbia”, an EU source told BIRN this week.

This revelation coincides with recent allegations of a secret surveillance deal between the NSA and 33 countries, including Macedonia, Croatia, and Romania.

The cooperating countries are alleged to have given the NSA access to fibre-optic cables carrying huge volumes of foreign internet data.

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