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Monday, 17 January 2011 16:21

Swiss Govt Angered Over Illegal Surveillance by U.S. Embassy

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On Jan. 16, the news syndicate Breitbart reported that the U.S. embassy in Geneva has been conducting illegal surveillance on Swiss territory. In 2006 and 2007 U.S. missions in Geneva and Bern had requested protection of their buildings through surveillance programs, but the requests were denied. 

Last fall, after U.S. embassies in Denmark and Norway were found to be conducting similar efforts, Swiss authorities discovered that the embassy in Geneva was also using surveillance programs, in violation of the government’s decision.

The Swiss Justice Ministry explained that the U.S. requests were rejected "due to a lack of legal basis and bilateral accords on this domain," adding that authorities are "now proceeding with an in-depth examination of the situation in Geneva." The Swiss government is seeking the immediate suspension of the U.S. surveillance program.

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