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NSA Agent: U.S. Spied on Tony Blair

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 03:07 PM

By Jim Meyers

A former employee of the National Security Agency claims that the U.S. government eavesdropped on Tony Blair when he was British prime minister.

David Faulk, a former NSA Arabic linguist who worked for the agency at Ford Gordon, Ga., told ABC News that he had access to a top secret database called “Anchory” in 2006 that included personal details about Blair.

He declined to provide details of what the file contained, other than to say it held information on Blair’s "private life."

He also claimed to have read secret NSA files on Ghazi al-Yawer, the first Iraqi president after the 2003 invasion, including “pillow talk” with the woman he would later marry, ABC reported.

Last month, Faulk and another former NSA employee disclosed that the agency had spied on journalists, soldiers, and non-governmental organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross. They told ABC that the NSA listened in on private conversations, including pillow talk and even phone sex.

While it is not illegal to collect information on foreign leaders, the U.S. and Britain have pledged not to collect on each other, several former American intelligence officials told ABC.

"If it is true that we maintained a file on Blair, it would represent a huge breach of the agreement we have with the Brits," one former CIA official said.

The Financial Times observed that the Faulk’s revelations about U.S. spying on Blair “could damage the ‘special relationship’ with Washington that London prizes so highly.”

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