Russia slams hypocrisy of Western cyber-spying

Russia slams hypocrisy of Western cyber-spying

Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:57AM GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denounced what he called the hypocrisy of Western countries in the case of cyber-espionage to eavesdrop on world leaders.

Putin made the comments during a press conference on Friday in response to a question about Russia’s view of countries that carry out phone hacking and surveillance of other countries’ leaders.

“As for the facts of cyber-espionage, this is not just blatant hypocrisy in relations between allies and partners,” said Putin adding, “It is also direct infringement of a country’s sovereignty and a breach of human rights, an invasion of privacy.”

The Russian leader also called for an international campaign to combat the problem, saying Moscow is ready to help develop a system of measures “to ensure international information security.”

Putin’s remarks come a day after Germany expelled Washington’s top CIA official in Berlin amid recent cases of alleged spying by the US.

According to German government spokesman, Steffen Seibert, the move was in response to two reported cases of suspected US spying in Germany and the ongoing argument over reported NSA spying in the country.

On July 9, German police officers raided properties in the Berlin area on “initial suspicion of activity for an intelligence agency.” German media reported that the man being investigated was a soldier in the German army who had aroused the suspicion of the country’s military counter-intelligence agency because of his close contacts with US spies.

A week earlier, an employee of Germany’s foreign intelligence service, the BND, was arrested on charges of spying for the US over a period of years.

The latest espionage cases come as a German parliamentary inquiry is currently being held to assess the extent of spying by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and its partners on Germans, and whether German intelligence aided the activities.

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