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OTTAWA -- Leaked documents suggest Canada helped the United States and Britain spy on participants at the London G20 summit four years ago.

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OTTAWA — Leaked documents suggest Canada helped the United States and Britain spy on participants at the London G20 summit four years ago.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper says spies monitored the computers and intercepted the phone calls of foreign politicians and officials at two G20 meetings in London in 2009.

The newspaper said the effort included penetration of delegates’ BlackBerry smartphones to monitor their email messages and calls.

The Guardian published PowerPoint slides describing the operation, including one featuring the emblem of the Communications Security Establishment, Canada’s electronic eavesdropping agency, known as CSEC.

It appears alongside the logos of key allies — the U.S. National Security Agency and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters — as well as an icon labelled Joint Apps.

The documents were leaked to the Guardian by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who has touched off a vigorous global discussion about state surveillance.

Earlier documents from Snowden indicated a top-secret data-mining program known as Prism has given the U.S. government access to a huge volume of emails, chat logs and other information from Internet companies including Google, Microsoft and Apple.

The latest story appeared as G8 leaders gathered in Britain for a round of talks.

The Guardian says special Internet caf©s were set up in 2009, allowing authorities to install an email interception program and key-logging software to spy on delegates’ computer use. In addition, a team of analysts had access to summaries of phone calls.

The Turkish finance minister and Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev were singled out for special attention, the paper reported, and it appears information was passed to British cabinet ministers.

“Delivered messages to analysts during the G20 in near real-time,” reads the slide with the CSEC logo.

“Provided timely information to UK ministers.”

A CSEC spokesman had no comment Tuesday.

The Ottawa-based CSEC has a staff of more than 2,000 — including highly skilled mathematicians, codebreakers and linguists — and an annual budget of about $400 million.


— The Canadian Press

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