'A' for Angela GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies and Merkel

Documents show that Britain's GCHQ intelligence service infiltrated German Internet firms and America's NSA obtained a court order to spy on Germany and collected information about the chancellor in a special database. Is it time for the country to open a formal espionage investigation?
Von Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach und Holger Stark
Merkel was an NSA target. But so too were private companies in Germany.

Merkel was an NSA target. But so too were private companies in Germany.

Foto: Maurizio Gambarini/ dpa
Target person No. 9: A top secret NSA list includes the names of government leaders who have been tasked as targets. The "Nymrod" database of citations derived from intelligence agencies, transcripts of intercepted fax, voice and computer-to-computer communication, includes 300 references to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Target person No. 9: A top secret NSA list includes the names of government leaders who have been tasked as targets. The "Nymrod" database of citations derived from intelligence agencies, transcripts of intercepted fax, voice and computer-to-computer communication, includes 300 references to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Graphic: The SSO report citing FISA authorization to monitor Germany

Graphic: The SSO report citing FISA authorization to monitor Germany

Translated from the German by Daryl Lindsey