One January day in 2003, an e-mail came to linguist Katharine Gun (b. 1974) from the United Kingdom Signal Intelligence Agency (GCHQ) in Cheltenham. She was a translator and expert in Mandarin Chinese. The text was a request from NSA in the United States to the British for help in spying on members of the UN Security Council. What the sheet did on her desk, she does not know to this day. Maybe it was from someone who hoped that Katharine would pass on the information?
As a host country for the UN, the United States was required by law not to monitor Security Council members.
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