Snowden Ready to Testify About US Spying on Merkel – German Lawmaker

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Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is ready to testify about the United States spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a German lawmaker said Thursday after a meeting in Moscow with the former US National Security Agency employee.

BERLIN, October 31 (RIA Novosti) – Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is ready to testify about the United States spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a German lawmaker said Thursday after a meeting in Moscow with the former US National Security Agency employee.

Hans-Christian Ströbele, a representative of the German Green party in the Bundestag, told broadcaster ARD that Snowden expressed his readiness to help an investigation in the espionage allegation.

Ströbele said he and Snowden had discussed the issue in detail, and Snowden clearly conveyed that “he knew a lot.”

A recent report in Germany’s Der Spiegel claimed that the NSA had tapped Merkel’s mobile phone for more than 10 years.

Germany’s Federal Prosecutor’s Office last week announced that it might summon Snowden as a witness.

According to leaked US government files cited by the Der Spiegel report, a listening station based in the US Embassy in Berlin was responsible for monitoring Merkel’s communications.

Der Spiegel said Merkel called US President Barack Obama to seek clarification as soon as she heard about the allegation.

According to the report, the US leader apologized to Merkel but said he did not know about the spying.

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