According to the BND official, e-mail messages that contained the lists of the NSA targets, "were accidentally erased."
However, when the commission was created, the sides agreed to a moratorium on their removal to prevent evidence from being destroyed, the newspaper said.
In June, the German government decided to appoint a special mediator between the government and the parliament to coordinate the work of the security services. The commissioner was granted access to classified information, and it agreed that he would be allowed to subsequently present a redacted version of it to parliament. This decision was heavily criticized by the German opposition.
In August, a leak revealed that the German government had for months been concealing the fact that it had obtained permission from Washington back in May to reveal the lists of NSA surveillance targets in Europe out of fear that they would be immediately made public.