Snowden leaks were the biggest US scandal
‘Snowden leaks biggest US scandal’
Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:44:41 GMT
More than 40 percent of respondents to an opinion poll in Spain consider espionage revelations by the famous whistleblower Edward Snowden as the biggest scandal for the United States last year.
The poll, conducted by Spain’s Acra Delta institute, said 44 percent highlighted Snowden’s leaks about US National Security Agency’s (NSA) widespread espionage as the US biggest scandal in 2013.
The survey was carried out through phone interviews with 1,300 adults from December 24 to 25 last year. The findings of the poll were released on January 7.
Among documents disclosed by Snowden, a former NSA contractor, last year was information that the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, had in 2009 intercepted an email address belonging to then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and those of other senior Israeli officials.
Snowden currently lives in Russia where he has been granted a temporary asylum. The US has revoked his passport and demanded he be sent home from Russia to face charges of stealing secrets and espionage.
Meanwhile, 39 percent of the respondents to the Acra Delta survey said the US unstable position vis-à-vis the crisis in Syria constituted a major scandal for Washington.
US President Barack Obama last year decided to invade Syria after August 2013 chemical attacks wrongly attributed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
But a Russian-drafted plan which requires Syria to put its chemical arsenal under international control dissuaded Obama from his war plan.
Last November, the UN confirmed that Syria has been fully cooperating with the disarmament operation.