- Der Spiegel: NSA "systematically" eavesdropped on Mexican government
- It hacked into public e-mail of former president, according to the German news magazine
- Mexico calls for a speedy investigation into the allegations
- NSA: "The U.S. gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations"
(CNN) -- Unacceptable. Illegitimate. And against the law.
That's how the Mexican government responded Sunday to new allegations of U.S.
spying reported by Der Spiegel.
According to the German news magazine, the National Security Agency "systematically" eavesdropped on the government. It hacked the public e-mail account of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, which was also used by Cabinet members, Der Spiegel said.
The magazine quoted documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
"This practice is unacceptable, illegitimate and against Mexican and international law," Mexico's foreign ministry said in a statement.
It added that it would push for speedy investigation.
"In a relationship between neighbors and partners, there is no room for the practices alleged to have taken place," the ministry said.
A senior U.S. State Department official told CNN that the Mexican government reached out about the report, and that the two governments will be discussing it via diplomatic channels.
The NSA said it would not "comment publicly on every specific alleged intelligence activity, and as a matter of policy we have made clear that the United States gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations.