The London Observer says it has intercepted a 12239,905954,00.html,memo describing a U.S. surveillance operation on UN delegates that involves tapping their home and telephone calls and e-mails, in order to find out who is for or against the war on Iraq. The story was widely reported in the Middle East and Europe and could make it harder for the U.S. and U.K. to get a new resolution in the Security Council.

The memo is supposedly from the National Security Agency (NSA), and was sent to their senior agents by e-mail, which means it may not be authentic. It says the agency is “mounting a surge” aimed at getting information not only on how delegations will vote on the Iraqi war, but also on their “policies,” “negotiating positions,” “alliances” and “dependencies” ? the “whole gamut of information that could give U.S. policymakers an edge in obtaining results favorable to U.S. goals or to head off surprises.”

The Observer showed the memo to three former intelligence operatives, who said its “language and content” seemed authentic. It came from “Frank Koza,” and a man by that name does work for NSA. The memo is dated Jan. 31, and says they will target Angola, Cameroon, Chile, Mexico, Guinea and Pakistan. Nine votes are needed to adopt the resolution and avoid a veto by one of the five permanent members, which are the U.S., Britain, China, France and Russia. France and Russia are lobbying to defeat the resolution without having to use their vetoes.

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