Secret document shows South Africa on NSA spying list

A new US National Security Agency document published by the Washington Post shows that South Africa was one of the countries authorised for surveillance.

“This exhibit lists the 193 foreign governments as well as foreign factions, political organisations, and other entities that were part of a 2010 certification approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court,” the Washington Post explains.

“These are the entities about which the NSA may conduct surveillance, for the purpose of gathering foreign intelligence.”

The certification also let the agency gather intelligence about entities such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, European Union, and the International Atomic Energy Agency, the report said.

The report stresses the NSA did not necessarily target nearly all countries, but had authorisation to do so.

Countries on the NSA spy list

Many Southern African countries, including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Mozambique are included in this list.

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Andorra
  5. Angola
  6. Antigua and Barbuda
  7. Argentina
  8. Armenia
  9. Austria
  10. Azerbaijan
  11. Bahamas
  12. Baba’ain
  13. Bangladesh
  14. Barbados
  15. Belarus
  16. Belgian
  17. Belize
  18. Benin
  19. Bhutan
  20. Bolivia
  21. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  22. Botswana
  23. Brazil
  24. Brunei
  25. Bulgaria
  26. Burkina Faso
  27. Burma (Myamnar)
  28. Burundi
  29. Cambodia
  30. Cameroon
  31. Cape Verde
  32. Central African Republic
  33. Chad
  34. Chile
  35. China
  36. Colombia
  37. Comoros
  38. Congo, Democratic Republic
  39. Congo, Republic
  40. Costa Rica
  41. Cote d’Ivoire
  42. Croatia
  43. Cuba
  44. Cyprus
  45. Czech Republic
  46. Demnark
  47. Djibouti
  48. Dominica
  49. Dominican Republic
  50. East Timor (Timor-Leste)
  51. Ecuador
  52. Egypt
  53. El Salvador
  54. Equatorial Guinea
  55. Efitrea
  56. Estonia
  57. Ethiopia
  58. Fiji
  59. Finland
  60. France
  61. Gabon
  62. Gambia
  63. Georgia
  64. Germany
  65. Ghana
  66. Greece
  67. Grenada
  68. Guatemala
  69. Guinea
  70. Guinea-Bissau
  71. Guyana
  72. Haiti
  73. Honduras
  74. Hungary
  75. Iceland
  76. India
  77. Indonesia
  78. Iran
  79. Iraq
  80. Ireland
  81. Israel
  82. Italy
  83. Jamaica
  84. Japan
  85. Jordan
  86. Kazakhstan
  87. Kenya
  88. Kiribati
  89. Korea, Democratic Peoples Republic of (DPRK)
  90. Korea, Republic of (ROK)
  91. Kosovo
  92. Kuwait
  93. Kyrgyzstan
  94. Laos
  95. Latvia
  96. Lebanon
  97. Lesotho
  98. Liberia
  99. Libya
  100. Liechtenstein
  101. Lithuania
  102. Luxembourg
  103. Macedonia
  104. Madagascar
  105. Malawi
  106. Malaysia
  107. Maldives
  108. Mall
  109. Malta
  110. Marshall Islands
  111. Mauritania
  112. Mauritius
  113. Mexico
  114. Micronesia
  115. Motdova
  116. Monaco
  117. Mongolia
  118. Montenegro
  119. Morocco
  120. Mozambique
  121. Namibia
  122. Nam-u
  123. Nepal
  124. Netherlands
  125. Nicaragua
  126. Niger
  127. Nigeria
  128. Norway
  129. Oman
  130. Pakistan
  131. Palau
  132. Panama
  133. Papua New Guinea
  134. Paraguay
  135. Peru
  136. Philippines
  137. Poland
  138. Portugal
  139. Qatar
  140. Romania
  141. Russia
  142. Rwanda
  143. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  144. Saint Lucia
  145. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  146. Samoa
  147. San Marino
  148. Sao Tome and Principe
  149. Saudi Arabia
  150. Senegal
  151. Serbia
  152. Seychelles
  153. Siena Leone
  154. Singapore
  155. Slovakia
  156. Slovenia
  157. Solomon Islands
  158. Somalia
  159. South Africa
  160. Spain
  161. Sri Lanka
  162. Sudan
  163. Suriname
  164. Swaziland
  165. Sweden
  166. Switzerland
  167. Syria
  168. Taiwan
  169. Tajikistan
  170. Tanzania
  171. Thailand
  172. Togo
  173. Tonga
  174. Trinidad and Tobago
  175. Tunisia
  176. Turkey
  177. Turkmenistan
  178. Tuvalu
  179. Uganda
  180. Ukraine
  181. United Arab Emirates
  182. Uruguay
  183. Uzbekistan
  184. Vanuatu
  185. Vatican City (Holy See)
  186. Venezuela
  187. Vietnam
  188. Western Sahara
  189. Yemen
  190. Zambia
  191. Zimbabwe

See the Washington Post article here

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