Intelligence leak shows US spying on UN chief

The United States has reportedly been spying on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, according to fresh revelations in classified intelligence documents that ended up on the internet.

The documents, which appear to have come at least in part from the Pentagon and are marked as highly classified, began circulating widely on Russian social media channels last week.

The files that contain candid observations from Guterres about the war in Ukraine, suggest that Washington has closely been monitoring the top UN official.

One leaked document focuses on the Black Sea grain deal, brokered by the UN and Turkey in July following fears of a global food crisis.

The UN chief, according to the assessment, was so keen to preserve the deal that he was willing to accommodate Russia’s interests.

“Guterres emphasized his efforts to improve Russia’s ability to export,” one documents said, “even if that involves sanctioned Russian entities or individuals.”

His actions, according to the file, were “undermining broader efforts to hold Moscow accountable for its actions in Ukraine,” the files show.

Another document from February contains a frank conversation between Guterres and his Deputy, Amina Mohamed in which the UN chief expressed “dismay” at a call by the EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, for Europe to produce more weapons and ammunition due to the war in Ukraine.

Other documents include analysis from US intelligence agencies about Russia and several other countries, all based on information gleaned from classified sources.

The US and its EU allies are now struggling to understand how dozens of top secret intelligence documents had been exposed.

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