Ex Schröder Aide on 9/11 'We Thought the Americans Would Overreact'

Michael Steiner was in Prague in 1989 and at Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's side on Sept. 11, 2001. In an interview, he tells SPIEGEL how the US considered a nuclear attack on Afghanistan and about finding a bug in his phone at the Chancellery.
Televisions showing then-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's response to US President George W. Bush's Iraq ultimatum. Schröder's former foreign policy advisor Michael Steiner said the US had plans for the use of nuclear weapons in Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Televisions showing then-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's response to US President George W. Bush's Iraq ultimatum. Schröder's former foreign policy advisor Michael Steiner said the US had plans for the use of nuclear weapons in Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

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Michael Steiner spent decades as a German diplomat, including a short stint as Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's foreign policy advisor.

Michael Steiner spent decades as a German diplomat, including a short stint as Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's foreign policy advisor.

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