An Attack on Press Freedom SPIEGEL Targeted by US Intelligence

Revelations from WikiLeaks published this week show how boundlessly and comprehensively American intelligence services spied on the German government. It has now emerged that the US also conducted surveillance against SPIEGEL.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
DER SPIEGEL's headquarters in Hamburg, Germany: The newsmagazine filed a complaint Friday with the country's federal prosecutor after discovering it had been US spying target.

DER SPIEGEL's headquarters in Hamburg, Germany: The newsmagazine filed a complaint Friday with the country's federal prosecutor after discovering it had been US spying target.

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Former Chancellery chief Ronald Pofalla during questioning before the parliamentary committee investigating the NSA affair in Berlin. "Of course" he had been familiar with the issue, the former senior Merkel staffer said.

Former Chancellery chief Ronald Pofalla during questioning before the parliamentary committee investigating the NSA affair in Berlin. "Of course" he had been familiar with the issue, the former senior Merkel staffer said.

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Chancellor Merkel's former intelligence coordinator Günter Heiss has claimed that information provided by the CIA wasn't "concrete" enough for the German government to take action.

Chancellor Merkel's former intelligence coordinator Günter Heiss has claimed that information provided by the CIA wasn't "concrete" enough for the German government to take action.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel with US President Barack Obama at the recent G7 summit in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany: A huge question mark over press freedom in Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with US President Barack Obama at the recent G7 summit in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany: A huge question mark over press freedom in Germany

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The roof of the US Embassy in Berlin appears in the foreground, with the cupola of the German parliament building, the Reichstag, in the background. It is believed the US conducted esponiage from its Berlin Embassy.

The roof of the US Embassy in Berlin appears in the foreground, with the cupola of the German parliament building, the Reichstag, in the background. It is believed the US conducted esponiage from its Berlin Embassy.

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