Report: U.S. Spied on Merkel Since 2002

German chancellor's phone was on NSA list weeks before Obama's June visit

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Tobias Schwarz / Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel uses her phone at an event in Berlin, October 25, 2011.

The United States may have been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel since as far back as 2002, according to a report Saturday by German news magazine Der Speigel.

Citing a secret document leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the news magazine claims the U.S. surveillance arm’s Special Collection Service had Merkel on a list before she became chancellor in 2005, Reuters reports.

The report also detailed an illegal spying branch at the U.S. embassy in Berlin, where NSA and CIA officials spied on the German government. The SCS document allegedly referred to 80 similar branches worldwide including Paris, Rome, Geneva, Madrid, Frankfurt, and Prague.

It was unclear what the nature of Merkel’s surveillance was for, and whether conversations were recorded or connected data was merely collected. Both the White House and Merkel’s office declined to comment.

Germany plans to send intelligence officers to the White House next week to discuss the allegations of bugging Merkel’s phone.

[Reuters]

7 comments
eetom
eetom

I am surprised that people should be surprised that U.S. has been spying on its enemies and allies.  Being technically advanced and being the international sheriff, how can America give up its spying activities?  Can anyone in his sound mind expect America to dismantle its enormous spying infrastructures and organizations?  Stop being naive and be realistic.  The best defense is: spy on the spy.  以其人之 道还治人之身 Prescribe the man a course of treatment devised by him.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

But, but, we NEED Angela's phone calls to STOP TERRORISM !!  


Can't you people get this?

FreeToSpeakOut
FreeToSpeakOut

Quote: "The United States may have been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel since as far back as 2002".

...."may" have. As the TV commercial says , "so, you don't know"!

JimStarowicz
JimStarowicz

No wonder rumsfeld loved the term 'old europe' as the bushco brought us closer to a once german leader we all remember!!

GaryRMcCray
GaryRMcCray

The problem with power is that it is always abused.

The people with it use it to take advantage of those who don't.

Unfortunately governments are made up of people and there is no more powerful government than we have in the US.

The result was inevitable, in the name of the people, in the name of liberty, in the name of security, in the name of everything except the truth, the government has usurped everything it said it was protecting us from.

So now who is protecting us from the government?

Our government would like us to think Snowden is the bad guy, talk about hypocrisy.

ShamsAci
ShamsAci

LEGAL AWARENESS WELFARE (LAW):


US, because of its immoral and unlawful spying activities around the world has been making it deadly unpopular throughout most world countries that may ultimately leave US isolated in this vast world, which is a sad news for the Americans and the whole world people and their countries.


- A.R.Shams's Reflection - Press / Online Publications - Moral Messages for Humanity Worldwide

eetom
eetom

@ShamsAciimmoral and unlawful spying activities..."

You mean you expect politics, especially international politics, to be moral and lawful?  I don't want to be rude but I cannot help but ask, "How naive can you be?"  You must be living in an imaginary paradise.