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The surveillance activities of the Bundesnachrichtendienst, the federal intelligence service of Germany, over U.S. agencies and other allies were more extensive than previously believed, a report Saturday by German magazine Der Spiegel said.
The reports are an embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who in 2013 harshly criticized the U.S. following the whistleblowing revelations of Edward Snowden and reports of the NSA's widespread surveillance -- including tapping her own phone. "Spying between friends, that's just not done," Merkel said at the time.
The Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany's intelligence service, spied on the interior ministries of Poland, Austria, Denmark and Croatia, as well as U.S. agencies, the report said. The BND also monitored communications by diplomatic representations for the U.S., France, U.K., Sweden, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and the Vatican.
originally posted by: rajas
a reply to: Kandinsky
This world would look different if J.Edgar Hoover never existed...
It always existed, and it will always exist..