Kenyan expert on international issues weighs in on US spying claims

The United States needs to do some “soul searching” over its “diabolical” spying behaviors on other countries, according to a Kenyan expert on international issues, who says it shows the U.S. is now getting more desperate in its attempts to maintain is global hegemony.

Stephen Ndegwa, the executive director of South-South Dialogues, a Nairobi-based communication development think tank, said the recent revelations which came after a series of highly classified Pentagon documents were leaked should be a source of shame for the U.S. government.

The documents have shed light on the extensive spying activities conducted by the United States, even on allies such as South Korea and Israel, while the United Nations also expressed its concern after it was revealed that the U.S. had eavesdropped on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and other top officials.

In an interview with China Central Television (CCTV), Ndegwa said that the leak has shown how the U.S. is going to great lengths to continue its global hegemony, even while undermining the trust of its supposed allies.

“It’s a shame of course. It has exposed the U.S. for its diabolical designs, even for [spying on] its allies. So I think the U.S. really is desperate. And the fact that it is spying on everyone, and it’s not the first time, of course. We know that the U.S. has spied on everyone around the world who is influential and who poses a threat to its hegemony,” he said.

Ndegwa believes the U.S. now needs to carefully reflect on how it conducts itself, otherwise it could start to lose global support over these covert actions.

“I think the U.S. needs to cool off and have some soul searching, because if you spy on people like that, it means that they will get isolated,” he added.

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