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Hacked diplomatic cables reveal Europe is the concern about Trump, Russia, Iran: NYT

A European union flag is seen outside the EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium, November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

(Reuters) – the Hackers access to the European Union diplomatic communication network for years, the downloading of cables that reveal concerns about the Trump card of the administration, the battle to deal with Russia and China and the risk of the resurgence of Iran and its nuclear program, the New York Times reported late on Tuesday.

More than 1,100 cables were provided to the Times by the security firm Area 1, after it discovered the breach, the newspaper said, adding that Area 1, the researchers believed that the hackers worked for the China’s People’s Liberation Army.

The cables are notes from the conversations with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Israel, and other countries that were shared across the European Union, according to the report.

One cable, the Times said, shows European diplomats describing an encounter between the AMERICAN President Donald Trump and the Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Finland as “passed (at least for Putin).”

Another, written after a 16 July meeting, passed on from a detailed report and analysis of the discussions between the European officials and the Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was quoted comparing Trump’s “bullying” of Beijing and a “no-rules freestyle boxing match.”

A third, from 7 March to let Caroline Vicini, the deputy head of the EU mission in Washington, recommending the trade bloc diplomats describe the United States as “our most important partner”, even as he challenged Trump ” in the areas where we disagree with the US (e.g. climate, trade, Iran nuclear deal).”

The hackers also infiltrated the networks of the United Nations, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the ministries of foreign affairs and finance, worldwide, the report added.

Reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar

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