US Government Ordered Spy on Rugunda and Ugandan VIPs

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Confidential documents from the United States Government released by the website WikiLeaks say that last year the U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton instructed US embassy officials in Uganda to collect details of private VIP networks used for official communication. The leaked documents that have been released in full by New York Times reveal that the directive was sent to embassy staff in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. The embassy officials were instructed obtain biometric information of leading figures in business, politics, intelligence, military, religion and key ethnic groups. Another leaked cable requests for continued Department of State reporting of biographical and biometric information on Permanent UN Representatives from Uganda, China, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Malasia, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, Senegal and Syria. Uganda's Permanent Representative to the UN is former Internal Affairs Minister Ruhakana Rugunda. Fingerprints and photographs are collected as part of embassies' consular and visa operations. However it is not indicated how and for what purpose DNA samples and iris scans from Uganda's VIP community would be used. The documents from WikiLeaks caused a storm in the US diplomatic service. The US State Department over the weekend warned that if the information was released, it could put the lives of its foreign affairs staff at risk. However the communication between the embassies and the State Department made public so far, does little to name individual US Government employees. Instead, it sheds light on the intrigue in the international diplomatic core and reveals some of the US foreign relations priorities. One of the documents mentions that US diplomats are spying on the leadership of the United Nations as well as the permanent Security Council representatives from China, Russia, France and Britain. The classified directive, issued to U.S. diplomats in July 2009 under the name of Hillary Clinton, demanded forensic technical details about the communications systems used by top UN officials. It also requested for passwords and personal encryption keys used in private and commercial networks for official communications. The directives are signed simply "Clinton" or "Rice", referring to the current and former secretaries of state, Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice. Other information requested included details on military installations and weapons in Uganda, DRC, Central African Republic, Rwanda and Burundi. ###