GCHQ ‘spying on oil body OPEC’

UK intelligence gathering services have allegedly been spying on oil body OPEC according to documents revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel has reported. The oil group Organisation of Petroleum […]

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By Vicky Ellis

UK intelligence gathering services have allegedly been spying on oil body OPEC according to documents revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel has reported.

The oil group Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded in September 1960 and currently has 12 members including Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran. Its main aim is to get a strong price for the oil supplies of its members around the world.

A 2010 document from the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) seen by the German newspaper is said to show the agency managed to access the computers of nine OPEC workers after historically having “poor access” to OPEC.

When contacted GCHQ said it doesn’t comment on intelligence matters.