Germany, Too, Is Accused of Spying on Friends

About 18 months ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel was the wronged American ally whose cellphone number was among data sucked up by American intelligence as it kept watch on Europeans.”Spying among friends — that is simply not done,” she said after the discovery in autumn 2013, to a sympathetic domestic audience.Within the past two weeks, the tide has turned. Ms. Merkel is back in the spotlight over spying. This time it is Germany’s foreign intelligence service, known here as the B.N.D., that is being accused of monitoring European companies and perhaps individuals. Further, the reports said the spying was done at the behest of the National Security Agency, the United States intelligence organization.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/06/world/europe/scandal-over-spying-shakes-german-government.htmlAlso see:America’s Willing Helper: Intelligence Scandal Puts Merkel in Tight Place
Germany’s latest spying scandal has created the biggest crisis yet for the country’s foreign intelligence agency. The German government appears to have been aware of widespread US spying, possibly including economic espionage, against European targets and yet it did nothing to stop it.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/bnd-intelligence-scandal-puts-merkel-in-tight-place-a-1031944.html

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