Russia not overly concerned with G20 summit wiretapping case - Foreign Ministry
LOUGH ERNE, June 18 (RAPSI) - The Russian delegation that is attending the G8 summit in the United Kingdom is not overly concerned about the alleged tapping of the Russian representatives' phones at the G20 summit in 2009, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Tuesday.
"Quite often, situations occur when one must be cautious. I cannot say that we are very concerned about such cases of exposure ," Ryabkov said. "However, questions do arise regarding how such practices correlate with legal and moral standards, and also how they fit into the essential aspects of personal data protection. As regards work organization for delegations at such a level, I think that we have sufficient opportunities to prevent the leakage of information."
The Guardian earlier reported that the UK Government Communications Headquarters intercepted the communications of visiting delegations during the G20 meetings in 2009, including the Russian delegation. Moscow's reaction to the reports was restrained, with officials stating that they have no concerns because even if there may have been wiretapping, no information was leaked.
The Guardian reported that the NSA analysts attempted "to target and decode encrypted phone calls from London to Moscow, which were made by President Dmitry Medvedev and other Russian delegates."
The Guardian report was the outcome of another leak by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who took credit earlier this month for having leaked top-secret documents to The Guardian, which in turn exposed his identity upon his request.
However, The Guardian did not state whether the wiretapping was successful.