Indispensible Exchange Germany Cooperates Closely with NSA

German authorities insist they knew nothing of the NSA's Internet spying operations. But SPIEGEL research shows how closely US and German agencies work together. The German opposition is asking uncomfortable questions 11 weeks ahead of a general election.
Spying among us: A secret base in Bad Aibling, Bavaria, where Germany's BND, works together with the NSA.

Spying among us: A secret base in Bad Aibling, Bavaria, where Germany's BND, works together with the NSA.

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