Wik­iLeaks says files show US spied on Ja­pan gov’t, com­pa­nies


The Wik­iLeaks web­site pub­lished doc­u­ments Fri­day that it said shows the U.S. gov­ern­ment spied on Ja­panese of­fi­cials and com­pa­nies.

The doc­u­ments in­clude what ap­pear to be five U.S. Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency (NSA) re­ports, four of which are marked top-se­cret, that pro­vide in­tel­li­gence on Ja­panese po­si­tions on in­ter­na­tional trade and cli­mate change. They date from 2007 to 2009.

Wik­iLeaks also posted what it says is an NSA list of 35 Ja­panese tar­gets for tele­phone in­ter­cepts in­clud­ing the Ja­panese Cab­i­net of­fice, Bank of Ja­pan of­fi­cials, Fi­nance and Trade Min­istry num­bers, the nat­u­ral gas di­vi­sion at Mit­subishi and the petroleum di­vi­sion at Mit­sui.

The va­lid­ity of the doc­u­ments could not be in­de­pen­dently ver­i­fied, though Wik­iLeaks has re­leased U.S. gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments many times in the past.

Ja­panese For­eign Min­istry press sec­re­tary Ya­suhisa Kawa­mura said Ja­pan and the United States are in com­mu­ni­ca­tion about the is­sue of NSA “in­for­ma­tion col­lec­tion” but de­clined to pro­vide de­tails. He added that “Ja­pan will con­tinue to em­ploy all the nec­es­sary mea­sures to pro­tect (its) in­for­ma­tion.”

The U.S. Em­bassy in Tokyo said it was aware of the re­port but wouldn’t say any­thing fur­ther. Mit­sui also de­clined com­ment, and Mit­subishi did not re­turn a call.

Three of the ap­par­ent NSA re­ports deal with cli­mate change, and the other two with agri­cul­tural trade is­sues, in­clud­ing U.S. cherry ex­ports to Ja­pan.

A no­ta­tion on one of the topse­cret re­ports on cli­mate change be­fore the 2008 G-8 sum­mit is marked for shar­ing with Aus­tralia, Canada, the United King­dom and New Zealand, ac­cord­ing to Wik­iLeaks. It’s not clear if it was ac­tu­ally shared.

Wik­iLeaks has re­leased sim­i­lar doc­u­ments in re­cent weeks that it said show NSA spy­ing on Ger­many, France and Brazil.

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