Merkel Speaks Chancellor Defends Intelligence Monitoring

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on Wednesday for the first time about the NSA spying scandal, telling a major weekly that the work of intelligence agencies is vital to citizens' safety. She also sharply rejected comparisons of the US surveillance program with East German spying methods.
Chancellor Merkel dismissed comparisons between current surveillance practices and East Germany's Stasi in an interview with weekly Die Zeit.

Chancellor Merkel dismissed comparisons between current surveillance practices and East Germany's Stasi in an interview with weekly Die Zeit.

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