S. Korea to step up anti-bugging measures at diplomatic missions

SEOUL, July 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will reinforce anti-bugging measures at its diplomatic missions this year, an official said Monday, amid allegations that Washington had eavesdropped on its allies including Seoul.

About 10 South Korean diplomatic missions will be "additionally equipped with devices to shield radio waves and electromagnetic signals in the second-half of this year," the foreign ministry official said, requesting anonymity.

The official did not specify which of its diplomatic missions will get additional anti-bugging devices.

South Korea asked the U.S. last week to verify spying claims by Edward Snowden, a former U.S. government contractor who is on the run for whistleblowing on America's top-secret National Security Agency (NSA).

According to documents leaked by Snowden, the NSA had spied on a total of 38 embassies and diplomatic missions in Washington, including South Korea's.

The European Union, France and Germany -- whose embassies are among the 38 diplomatic missions allegedly bugged by the NSA -- have voiced anger and demanded clarification from the U.S. government.

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