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US diplomats spied on UN leadership

US diplomats spied on UN leadership --Diplomats ordered to gather intelligence on Ban Ki-moon --Secret directives sent to more than 30 US embassies --Call for DNA data, computer passwords and terrorist links 28 Nov 2010 Washington is running a secret intelligence campaign targeted at the leadership of the United Nations, including the secretary general, Ban Ki-moon and the permanent security council representatives from China, Russia, France and the UK. A classified directive which appears to blur the line between diplomacy and spying was issued to US diplomats under Hillary Clinton's name in July 2009, demanding forensic technical details about the communications systems used by top UN officials, including passwords and personal encryption keys used in private and commercial networks for official communications. It called for detailed biometric information "on key UN officials, to include undersecretaries, heads of specialised agencies and their chief advisers, top SYG [secretary general] aides, heads of peace operations and political field missions, including force commanders..."