German Paper Says U.S. Kept Tabs on Leader

American intelligence services monitored former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder beginning in 2002 and perhaps earlier, a leading German newspaper reported on Tuesday. Mr. Schröder, a Social Democrat, openly opposed the Bush administration’s developing plans to go to war in Iraq.The newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, said its information came from documents and from well-informed United States sources, both in government and in intelligence circles. One source, who like the others was not identified, was quoted as saying the monitoring began because “we had reason to assume that he was not contributing to the success of the alliance.”

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