German Gov't Concealed Deal With US on NSA Spying List

© AP Photo / Matthias SchraderA BND monitoring base in Bad Aibling, near Munich, Germany.
A BND monitoring base in Bad Aibling, near Munich, Germany. - Sputnik International
In April, media uncovered that the German intelligence agency BND had provided technical assistance to the NSA in spying on European targets, including political figures and corporations. A German parliamentary commission initiated an investigation into the case urging Berlin to reveal the full list of so-called selectors.

BERLIN (Sputnik) — The German government has been concealing from the public and parliament for several months that it had obtained a permit from Washington to reveal a list of NSA surveillance targets in Europe, the German magazine Spiegel reported Saturday, citing a leaked document.

According to the information obtained by Spiegel, on May 10, Berlin received a letter signed by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, which allowed the German government to redirect the spying list to the parliamentary commission on condition the espionage targets would not be made public.

Guests walk past a logo of Germany's intelligence agency the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND - Federal Intelligence Service). - Sputnik International
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The German government, however, repeatedly stressed it was still in talks with Washington on the issue and US officials had concerns about releasing the spying list.

Earlier in August, German newspaper Zeit reported that US authorities were ready to hand the documents over to German lawmakers but Chief of Staff of the German Chancellery Peter Altmaier refuted the reports.

According to Spiegel, the German authorities are afraid that the NSA lists would be immediately published in the media if redirected to the commission.

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