The European Union has ordered a worldwide security sweep of all its premises following reports US intelligence has bugged its offices in Washington, Brussels and the United Nations.
Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the EU's Executive Commission, "has instructed the competent commission services to proceed to a comprehensive ad hoc security sweep and check" in light of the most recent spying allegations leveled at the US, spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen told reporters.
The sweep follows a report by German weekly Der Spiegel, based on revelations by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden, that the National Security Agency [NSA] bugged EU offices and gained access to EU internal computer networks.
Ahrenkilde said allegations of US spying were “disturbing” and demanded “full clarification.”
"Clarity and transparency is what we expect from our partners and allies and this is what we expect from the United States," she continued.
Ahrenkilde added that commission premises are “regularly swept and communications networks are checked against spying and eavesdropping.”