It makes a good news story but are any of us really surprised? I would imagine that between the US and UK, most major governments are being spied upon in one form or another and in the run-up to the Iraq War last year even more so if the countries were against or undecided about a 2nd UN Security Council resolution. So the UN Secretary General would probably have been considered ‘fair game’ to the intelligence services (MI6) in that highly charged pre-war atmosphere, with all the to-ing and fro-ing that was going on at the United Nations. I don’t think the UK Government is in any big trouble legally if Claire Short’s claims are proved, but it is very embarrassing for Tony Blair.
What I’d like to know is how they manage to avoid all the bugging devices getting in each other’s way, or do they share bugs? The Anglo-American bug; le bug franco-allemand…and how many Saddam bugs got into downtown NYC?