NEW: UN: US Says it Doesn't, and Won't, Spy on UN 10/30/13
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations says it has received assurances from the U.S. government that U.N. communications networks "are not and will not be monitored" by American intelligence agencies.
But chief U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky would not comment Wednesday on whether the world body had been monitored in the past, as reported by the German magazine Der Spiegel.
Nesirky says the United Nations has been in contact with Washington about the reports that surfaced two months ago and received a U.S. guarantee of no current or future eavesdropping.
Der Spiegel reported in August that documents it obtained from U.S. leaker Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency secretly monitored the U.N.'s internal video conferencing system by decrypting it last year.