British government accused of spying on diplomats at G20 summits in 2009

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The British government has been accused of monitoring the phone calls and internet usage of foreign politicians and officials at two G20 meetings in London in 2009, according to a report in The Guardian newspaper.

The report, which was based on documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, comes after the newspaper revealed that US authorities were monitoring millions of phone calls and tapping into internet servers.

The newspaper says British authorities tricked some delegates into using fake internet cafes that were set up so intelligence officers could intercept their emails and monitor their computer use with key-logging software.

The Guardian is also reporting that American spies based in the UK intercepted the communications of the then-Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev during his visit to the 2009 G20 summit.

Brisbane will host the G20 Leaders Summit in November, 2014.