Kim Geiger
Chicago Tribune
February 17, 2014

Mayer Brown, the Chicago-based law firm cited in a weekend report about National Security Administration spying, has issued a statement that stops short of an outright denial that its communications were under surveillance but says there is “no indication” that any spying occurred “at the firm.”

Citing a February 2013 document obtained by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the New York Times on Sunday reported that the NSA was notified that the Australian Signals Directorate, its Australian government counterpart, was conducting surveillance of trade talks, including communications between Indonesian officials and an American law firm that the Indonesians had retained for help in the trade talks.

According to the document, the NSA was alerted by the Australian agency that “information covered by attorney-client privilege may be included” in the surveillance, but that after consulting with the NSA counsel’s office, the Australians were “able to continue to cover the talks, providing highly useful intelligence for interested U.S. customers.”

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