Report: Document shows surveillance of US law firm

AP News
Posted: Feb 15, 2014 6:04 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Times is reporting that the National Security Agency was involved in surveillance of an American law firm while it represented Indonesia in trade disputes with the U.S.

The Times story is based on a top-secret document obtained by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.

The law firm is not identified in the document, but the Times says the Chicago-based firm Mayer Brown was advising the Indonesian government on trade issues at the time the document was written last year.

The paper reports that the Australian government was conducting surveillance of the talks and offered to share it with the U.S.

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