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German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said that the NSA is currently spying on about 320 politicians and business leaders in Germany

U.S. President Barack Obama stopped the National Security Agency's (NSA) spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, but a German newspaper claims that the NSA is still keeping a close watch on top German government officials. 
 
According to Reuters, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said that the NSA is currently spying on about 320 politicians and business leaders in Germany, including Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, a close confidant of Merkel.
 
Bild am Sonntag said its information came from a high-ranking NSA employee in Germany, who chose to remain anonymous. 
 
"We have had the order not to miss out on any information now that we are no longer able to monitor the chancellor's communication directly," said the NSA employee, according to Bild am Sonntag.


Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Obama [SOURCE: Truth Frequency Radio]

Berlin has been looking to make a "no-spy" deal with Washington, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is due to visit the U.S. on Thursday for that purpose. 

In October 2013, German magazine Der Spiegel reported that the U.S. had tapped Chancellor Merkel phone for years, and spied on 34 other world leaders as well. This led one German politician to call for a complete halt on trade negotiations between the European Union and the U.S.

But Obama attempted to calm the situation in January when he ordered the NSA to stop spying on the leaders of U.S.-allied nations.

Sources: Reuters, The Hill



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RE: Power requires knowledge and responsibility
By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/2014 6:03:34 PM , Rating: 2
The NSA has always spied, and the world has always known. Why are you acting like something new happened here? And the world also spies on everyone else. Every first world country spies on every other one, fact.

The NSA crossed the line, however, when they started spying on US citizens.

And yeah call it a double standard, play the moral relativism card, I don't care. I'm fine with the NSA doing it's job against other countries. But ONLY against other countries.


RE: Power requires knowledge and responsibility
By ritualm on 2/24/2014 6:23:10 PM , Rating: 3
NSA already crossed that line YEARS ago. Spying on foreigners is just a pretext to spy on US citizens. Secret router rooms at AT&T, anyone?


By Solandri on 2/26/2014 5:30:29 AM , Rating: 2
Never forget - this wasn't some rogue NSA operation. NSA was instructed to and given the power to do these things by the proud members of the House, Senate, and White House.

The NSA didn't cross the line. The politicians moved it so they could do these things without crossing any lines.


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