Argentina invaded the British Falkland Islands in 1982 in a short but very bloody war. Since then Argentina, and in particular Christina Kirchner, one of the VAST majority of Argentinians of European descent, has repeatedly said that the Falklands are colonialism – and that the population, land, fish and oil belonging to the people of the Falkland Islands (aka Malvinas) should be seized by the state of Argentina in order to prop up their flayling economy.
So yes, when you have a country wanting to act against you it should not come as a huge surprise that spies may be sent to keep an eye on the situation… You know, spies spying on foreign governments is exactly the point of spying.
My point here is that Snowden in releasing this information has no public interest defence. He is simply committing espionage. While you could claim that leaking specific information relating to unlawful spying on American citizens was in the peoples interest (and to some extent I would agree with that), and so he was a whistle blower on that issue – on this issue he has no defence. None. Snowdens actions here are simply criminal.
Documents released by the American whistle-blower Edward Snowden claim that Britain spied for several years on the Argentine government.
According to reports in the Argentine media, Britain was concerned that Argentina could launch another attempt to reclaim the Falkland Islands.
The two nations fought a war over the islands in 1982.
Last month the British government announced it was upgrading its military presence on the islands.
Mr Snowden says British agents were actively spying on Argentina between 2006 and 2011.
The former CIA worker, who now lives in Russia, has previously leaked sensitive information about US surveillance programmes.