Swiss lawmakers angry at alleged US spying program

Swiss lawmakers are calling for the ouster of US diplomats implicated in an illegal surveillance program in Switzerland as authorities probe whether such activities took place.

Geneva: Swiss lawmakers are calling for the ouster of US diplomats implicated in an illegal surveillance program in Switzerland as authorities probe whether such activities took place.

The Swiss Justice Ministry says there is evidence that the US mission to the United Nations in Geneva conducted an unauthorized surveillance detection program similar to ones allegedly run in Norway and Denmark.

The Swiss government had denied US authorities permission in 2006 and 2007 to conduct such programs for security reasons in Geneva and at the US embassy in Bern.

Yet a US diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks describes the surveillance of a Muslim couple parked across from the US mission in Geneva in 2005.

American officials say they won`t comment on a security issue.

Bureau Report

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