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Belgian inquest implicates UK in phone spying – EURACTIV.com

Belgian inquest implicates UK in phone spying – EURACTIV.com

A confidential report by Belgian investigators confirms that British intelligence services hacked state-owned Belgian telecom giant Belgacom on behalf of Washington, it was revealed on Thursday (20 September).

The report, which summarises a five-year judicial inquiry, is almost complete and was submitted to the office of Justice Minister Koen Geens, a source close to the case told AFP, confirming Belgian press reports.

Snowden, a former contractor for the US National Security Agency, spectacularly uncovered the extent of snooping by the US intelligence services and has been living in exile ever since.

Snowden lawyers explore EU asylum options Edward Snowden has asylum in Russia until 2020 but his lawyers have said it’s time EU countries “pay back” for exposing the extent of American snooping by giving him legal protection.

The matter will now be discussed within Belgium’s National Security Council, which includes the Belgian Prime Minister with top security ministers and officials.

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