Report: NSA Still Spying on German Officials
February 24, 2014 1:19 PM
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.
, 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
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.
"This is about the Internet. Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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