Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Honor and Dignity


Chile's mission to the United Nations was spied on in the run-up to war in Iraq, the former envoy has alleged.
Technicians inspecting the telephones found they had been tampered with, Juan Gabriel Valdes said in an interview.

At the time, Chile was one of several countries seen as undecided on whether to back a proposed resolution sanctioning the use of force in Iraq.

UK media reports at the time alleged the US was monitoring communications from envoys from those countries.

Those reports kindled his suspicions, Mr Valdes said in his interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais.

"We called technicians to see if the Chilean mission's phones at the UN had been tampered with," he said.

"The result was positive. We discovered the great majority of phones had been tampered with."

Mr Valdes is the current ambassador to Argentina.