Japan, another ally spied for US

Japan, another ally spied for US

Japan, another ally spied for US
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, comes with his entourage to Parliament in Tokyo. / AFP
Wikileaks revealed documents showing the extent NSA spying senior officials and Japanese companies. Since 2013, the revelations about the spying programs of the National Agency of American Security (NSA) showed the world how millions of citizens were spied upon, including government officials US allies such as Brazil, France and Germany. Now, a new revelation of Wikileaks include Japan on the list.

The organization founded by Julian Assange has published papers under the name Purpose Tokyo, according to which the United States spied on senior officials of government and Japanese companies, and have shared this information with Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The programs date back to the first administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which began in 2006 and ended in 2007. Abe quickly returned to power six years later.

The NSA had spied the prime minister's office as well as his chief of staff, Yoshihide Suga, whose phone number appears in the Wikileaks documents. They would also have been intercepted lines ministers of Finance, Economy, Industry and Trade.

Moreover, according to Wikileaks, the documents can be found "numbers associated with the governor of the Central Bank, Haruhiko Kuroda phones." The revelation is a list of 35 objectives of the NSA in Japan, including the natural gas division of Mitsubishi and Mitsui petroleum division also appear.

According to Wikileaks, "the documents show the depth of monitoring the Japanese government and the fact that the information gathered and analyzed numerous ministries and government services." Also show "a detailed knowledge of internal discussions on topics such as Japan imports of agricultural products and trade discrepancies (o) Japanese positions in the Doha round of World Trade Organization".

"Tokyo's correspondence with international organizations such as the International Energy Agency, memoranda on the country's strategy in its diplomatic relations with the United States and the European Union as well as the contents of a confidential briefing the prime minister" would also have It has been under surveillance by the NSA.

As with European allies, Japan is expected in an internal debate on the subject takes place and that the State react with strong opposition to US interference. The revelations also come at a time when Shinzo Abe wants the Parliament to approve soon the controversial laws that would allow to deploy the SDF official -name of the army to help an ally, first to the United States.

"In these documents we see that the Japanese government is worried about what should and should not say to the United States to avoid compromising (...) diplomatic relations," said the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange. "But now we know that the United States listened to everything and read everything," he added.
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