Der Spiegel: NSA Hacked Mexican President’s E-Mail

Systematic spying had been going on for years

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Updated Sunday, Oct. 20, 4:42 p.m.

One of the documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and now analyzed by Der Spiegel, reveals that the NSA has been systematically spying on the Mexican government for years.

In 2010, then President Felipe Calderón’s e-mail was accessed during an operation dubbed Flatliquid, a discovery likely to rankle relations between the U.S. and Mexico. A top-secret report reveals that the U.S. “successfully exploited a key mail server.”

This comes on the heels of news that Snowden has more sensitive information to share, as Reuters reported earlier this week. That’s according to Snowden’s father Lon, who visited his son in Russia last week for the first time since the leaker of classified U.S. secrets had been granted temporary asylum there for one year.

“He’s comfortable, he’s happy, and he’s absolutely committed to what he has done,” Snowden’s father told reporters at John F. Kennedy International Airport after returning from a weeklong visit to Moscow to see his son.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the country would continue to offer sanctuary to Snowden as long as he does not continue his anti-U.S. activities.

[Der Spiegel]