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    German Lawmakers Press Merkel to Grant Access to NSA Spy Targets in Europe

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    German lawmakers are calling on the government to provide them with a full list of European targets the Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) spied on at the request of the US National Security Agency (NSA).

    BERLIN (Sputnik) – Another espionage scandal gripped Germany in mid-April after media uncovered internal intelligence investigation documents alleging that BND had assisted NSA in spying on high-ranking European officials and corporations.

    A parliamentary committee investigating BND activities requested the German government to give access to a full list of targets provided by the US intelligence. The government has so far been reluctant to grant parliamentary investigators access to this sensitive evidence – the so-called selectors that include email, IP addresses and phone data of EU businesses and government officials that were tracked by NSA agents through the German listening post in Bavaria's Bad Aibling.

    “… the parliamentary committee has every right to get all the evidence, and these ‘selector’ lists are the evidence, which our body [committee] needs to proceed with the work on the issue. So from the legal point of view it’s absolutely clear that they [lists] should be provided,” Konstantin von Notz, a member of Germany's Green Party involved in the parliamentary inquiry told ARD TV channel on Thursday.

    BND chief Gerhard Schindler is due to testify before the parliament over the NSA snooping scandal later on Thursday.

    In early May, the Green Party threatened to sue Merkel in constitutional court if she continued to withhold evidence from the investigative authority.


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