Wikileaks claims US intelligence bugged international leaders' meetings

America's National Security Agency is being accused of listening in to private meetings between major world leaders, including UN Secretary General and German Chancellor

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The National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Wikileaks has released a new cache of documents, it says shows US intelligence bugged private meetings between major world leaders, including the UN Secretary General and the German Chancellor.

It claims the Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu are also among those who had their conversations listened to by the National Security Agency.

In a statement, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says the documents show that private meetings about climate change, global economics and 'how to deal with Obama' were listened to.