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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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By StevoLincolnite on 2/24/2014 6:18:44 PM , Rating: 2
Spying on friends and enemies a like is not a bad thing. It is an absolutely necessary practice.

No it's not.
I live in Australia, I have a right to my privacy.

So instead of spying on us (I don't doubt that you are.)
Hows about just asking us for the information? We already share military intelligence because of our strong military ties, we are tightly woven economically, we have the same ideals and similar history.

Not every country is as paranoid as the US government.

With that in mind, our own country was caught spying out of embassy's, the government was ridiculed for it and deservedly so, spying on allies is wrong.
Instead use diplomacy to get what you want, the USA has an edge in that regard as that have more pushing power.

RE: Power requires knowledge and responsibility
By KCjoker on 2/24/2014 6:25:07 PM , Rating: 2
Wait, you don't think Australia spies on the USA and lots of other countries? lol

By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/2014 6:32:13 PM , Rating: 2

Took five seconds to find. You would think someone who LIVES in Australia....

By brasstax on 2/25/2014 5:00:41 PM , Rating: 2
Who protects your right to privacy? I certainly don't. Do you protect mine? I'd wager not.

There is no love in politics. There is no trust and very rarely is there truth. We are all adulterers. So if you ask us to reaffirm our faithfulness, you'll believe us, right?

As for Australia, I'm glad our national interests generally coincide. I hope that continues to be the case. But if and when it doesn't, I hope to know about it before you decide to tell me.

Next time, NSA, just don't get caught.

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