NSA bugged Brussels US spy story hits the EU. (Euronews video)

Bursting Brussels’ bubble, it appears the US National Security Agency has been spying on the EU institutions.

German magazine Der Spiegel’s online edition cited a top secret document which outlines how the NSA specifically targeted EU offices in Washington, Brussels and New York, listening to phone calls and accessing internal computer networks.

According to Der Spiegel the EU had discovered telephone taps in its internal network around five years ago but no source is cited.

The file is the latest in a series of documents whistleblower Edward Snowden made available to journalists, causing diplomatic embarrassment to President Obama’s administration.

Snowden is still on the run from extradition to the US to answer charges of espionage. He is currently in transit in Russia awaiting a response from Ecuador on his request for asylum.

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