Obama apologizes to Japan over NSA spying claims

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

“President Obama said he was very sorry… as the case caused a big debate in Japan,” Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said without confirming the spying claims. Suga added that Abe told Obama that if the allegations were true, “it could shake our relationship of trust.” In July, WikiLeaks posted online what appeared to be five U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) reports on Japanese positions on international trade and climate change. The reports were allegedly gleaned from intercepts from 2007 to 2009, revealing years-long espionage on Japanese officials and major companies. WikiLeaks also posted what it says was an NSA list of 35 top surveillance targets in Japan, including the Cabinet Office, the finance and trade ministries and prominent Japanese companies. Japan’s ‘muted’ response over spying claims Tokyo’s response has been widely seen as muted compared to the anger expressed in France and Germany following similar NSA spying allegations. Japan is seen as one of Washington’s key allies in the Asia-Pacific region and they regularly consult on defense, economic and trade issues. Unlike German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, Abe did not appear to be a direct target of wiretapping, although other senior politicians allegedly were, […]

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