US spied on Ban to protect its oil firms: WikiLeaks

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is greeted by Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel during a welcome ceremony upon arrival at the Elmau Castle near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on June 8, 2015 on the second day of the G7 summit.

The US National Security Agency has spied on United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s private meetings to save American oil companies, WikiLeaks new release says.

Ban was apparently attending a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss ways on how to tackle climate change, a subject that has become controversially debatable in recent years.

"Today, we showed that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's private meetings over how to save the planet from climate change were bugged by a country intent on protecting its largest oil companies,” WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange said on Tuesday.

“We previously published Hillary Clinton orders that US diplomats were to steal the Secretary General's DNA,” Assange added.

“The US government has signed agreements with the UN that it will not engage in such conduct against the UN, let alone its Secretary General. It will be interesting to see the UN's reaction, because if the Secretary General can be targeted without consequence then everyone from world leader to street sweeper is at risk," he noted.

The disclosure also touched upon NSA’s bugging of meetings held between other world leaders, including Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu and Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi, in which Netanyahu implored Berlusconi to help him deal with President Barack Obama.

In addition, the US espionage agency spied on meetings between key EU and Japanese trade ministers, who were discussing their secret trade red-lines at WTO (World Trade Organization) negotiations, as well as those between former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, where Sarkozy told Berlusconi that the Italian banking system would soon "pop like a cork."

Some of the new documents are classified TOP-SECRET / COMINT-GAMMA and are the most highly classified documents ever published by a media outlet.

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