NSA Spying Scandal

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Spying Scandal: German Intelligence Also Snooped on White House

Spying Scandal: German Intelligence Also Snooped on White House

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 22, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is famous for the terse remark she made after learning her mobile phone had been tapped by the NSA. "Spying among friends, that isn't done." As it turns out, Germany was spying on America too, even targeting the White House. By Maik Baumgärtner, Martin Knobbe and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

New WikiLeaks Revelations: CIA Spies May Also Operate in Frankfurt

New WikiLeaks Revelations: CIA Spies May Also Operate in Frankfurt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2017

WikiLeaks has published thousands of documents pertaining to CIA efforts at global surveillance, including a tool to transform smart-TVs into a powerful spying device. The documents indicate that some of the intelligence agency's spying may be done from Frankfurt. By Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]


SPIEGEL Exclusive: Documents Indicate Germany Spied on Foreign Journalists

SPIEGEL Exclusive: Documents Indicate Germany Spied on Foreign Journalists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 24, 2017

Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, apparently spied on large numbers of foreign journalists overseas over the course of several years, including employees of the BBC, Reuters and the New York Times. Critics see a massive violation of press freedoms. By Maik Baumgärtner, Martin Knobbe and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Blowing the Whistle: Former US Official Reveals Risks Faced by Internal Critics

Blowing the Whistle: Former US Official Reveals Risks Faced by Internal Critics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 22, 2016

US President Barack Obama has said that Edward Snowden should have used official channels instead of taking NSA spying public. Now, a former high-ranking US government official has revealed how the Pentagon retaliates against internal critics. By Mark Hertsgaard, Felix Kasten, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark more... Comment ]


Spying on Friends? Atmosphere of Distrust Hinders EU Anti-Terror Cooperation

Spying on Friends? Atmosphere of Distrust Hinders EU Anti-Terror Cooperation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2016

Following the attacks in Brussels, calls are growing for European intelligence services to work together more closely. But cooperation is difficult because Germany's secret service has little trust in its EU partners, and has even spied on them. By Maik Baumgärtner, Martin Knobbe and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Governments and NGOs: Germany Spied on Friends and Vatican

Governments and NGOs: Germany Spied on Friends and Vatican

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2015

Efforts to spy on friends and allies by Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, were more extensive than previously reported. SPIEGEL has learned the agency monitored European and American government ministries and the Vatican. more...


'Fairview': Latest Snowden Doc Shows NSA Spied on German Intelligence

'Fairview': Latest Snowden Doc Shows NSA Spied on German Intelligence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2015

Fresh insight into the trove of documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed that US spies intercepted sensitive communications between Germany's security agencies during a kidnapping in Yemen. By Matthias Gebauer, Henrik Moltke and Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]

Deliberate Deception: Washington Gave Answer Long Ago in NSA Case

Deliberate Deception: Washington Gave Answer Long Ago in NSA Case

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 21, 2015

For months, the German government sought to create the impression it was still waiting for an answer from the US on whether it could share NSA target lists for spying with a parliamentary investigation. The response came months ago. By Matthias Gebauer, René Pfister and Holger Stark more... Comment ]


'Secrets Must Remain Secret': German Intelligence Coordinator on NSA and Media Leaks

'Secrets Must Remain Secret': German Intelligence Coordinator on NSA and Media Leaks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 14, 2015

In a SPIEGEL interview, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Chief of Staff Peter Altmaier speaks of mistakes made by German intelligence, leaks of confidential information in Berlin and German timidity in the face of US spying. Interview Conducted By Michael Sauga, Jörg Schindler and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Berlin's NSA Fears: Treason Investigation Reveals Anxiety at the Top

Berlin's NSA Fears: Treason Investigation Reveals Anxiety at the Top

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 10, 2015

Germany's federal prosecutor was just forced out of office after launching a treason investigation against journalists. The scandal, just like the "SPIEGEL Affair" 50 years ago, reveals a growing state of anxiety among the country's political elite. A Commentary by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]