UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced he will launch an inquiry into allegations that British secret service agents spied on foreign governments at two consecutive international climate summits in 2009 and 2010.
The spies allegedly snooped on delegations’ membership lists and kit passes to discern states’ negotiation positions and give Britain the upper hand in climate talks.
The allegations first came to light when former NSA senior analyst and whistleblower Edward Snowden disclosed a classified government document. The 23-page PowerPoint presentation was first published by Swedish site Dagbladet Information.
The file entitled, “Supporting HMG’s (Her Majesty’s Government) Climate Change Ambitions,” states a GCHQ secret service official frequented the high profile UN gatherings, also attended by an array of international leaders.