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Submission + - Spying by N.S.A. Ally Ensnared U.S. Law Firm (nytimes.com) 1

mendax writes: The New York Times is reporting that '[t]he list of those caught up in the global surveillance net cast by the National Security Agency and its overseas partners, from social media users to foreign heads of state, now includes another entry: American lawyers.

'A top-secret document, obtained by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden, shows that an American law firm was monitored while representing a foreign government in trade disputes with the United States. The disclosure offers a rare glimpse of a specific instance in which Americans were ensnared by the eavesdroppers, and is of particular interest because lawyers in the United States with clients overseas have expressed growing concern that their confidential communications could be compromised by such surveillance.

'The government of Indonesia had retained the law firm for help in trade talks, according to the February 2013 document. It reports that the N.S.A.’s Australian counterpart, the Australian Signals Directorate, notified the agency that it was conducting surveillance of the talks, including communications between Indonesian officials and the American law firm, and offered to share the information.'

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Spying by N.S.A. Ally Ensnared U.S. Law Firm

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  • Groklaw shut down their web way back when.
    http://www.techdirt.com/articl... [techdirt.com]
    From this previous article...
    "Because of this, she's shutting down Groklaw.
    "You really need to read the entire piece, but it clearly lays out the sort of mental anguish that you get with the realization that what you thought was private and personal, might not be any more. "

    In the US there is "attorney client privilege" that is an anchor to the ability of the accused to receive
    a fair trial. As we know the never say anything agency

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