NSA Spied on OPEC

The U.S. and Britain spied on OPEC, according to documents released by Edward Snowden. (National Journal)

Documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden show the NSA and a British intelligence agency spied electronically on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Der Spiegel reports.

Spying found OPEC nations looking to shift blame for high oil prices, revealed the organization's preparations for an antitrust suit and showed Saudi Arabia was hiding increased production from even its fellow members.

Among the users of NSA's information was the Energy Department, which had long suspected production-figure deceptions. OPEC is no longer listed as an intelligence target as of April, which may be due to rising oil and gas production in the U.S.