The German government did not lie telling the public about the possible agreement on a “no-spy” pact with the US authorities before September 2013 parliamentary elections, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper in an interview published on Saturday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The the German and US sides has not still negotiated on reaching the deal, Merkel said.
In August 2013, then-chancellor's chief of staff Ronald Pofalla said that the US suggested talks on reaching a “no-spy” deal. The announcement came amid scandal following former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden revealing that Washington was eavesdropping on European politicians.
The comments by Pofalla were, however, exaggerated, according to the newspaper, as Merkel was aware that the US party only considered the possibility of entering the talks on the “no-spy” deal.
Currently, Germany is engulfed in an espionage scandal, as in April, German media reported that the German foreign intelligence agency BND have been carrying out requests from the NSA.
The US service reportedly passed a list of some 800,000 IP addresses, phone numbers and email addresses, including personal information of European politicians and companies, to the BND for monitoring.
Demonstrators hold a poster showing a portrait of German Chancellor Angela Merkel reading "surveillance Chancellor" and a fake surveillance camera during a protest against the surveillance by the US National Security Agency, NSA.