The US-Germany relations soured after NSA ex-employee revealed that US intelligence deployed a spy network wiretapping Angela Merkel’s phone. Germany offered US to sign a no-spy agreement, but Washington declined such overture. The scandal worsened after Germany knocked out two intelligence operatives accused of spying for Washington.
The German spy scandal has turned full circle after it was revealed the US surveillance agency may be linked to an espionage attack on the country’s army, despite the two nations working together on sharing intelligence data.
German spies traded data for surveillance software from their US counterparts, according to new documents obtained by Zeit Online and Die Zeit.
German intelligence has been spying on one of the NATO countries, Turkey, for many years, government sources told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper.
The United States is losing the moral high ground in the wake of revelations that the country was spying on millions of its citizens, as well as other countries, including high-ranking politicians and members of business community, said Coleen Rowley, former FBI agent and a whistleblower, in an exclusive interview with Radio VR.
Over the weekend, German writer and cultural critic Thorsten Pattberg told RIA Novosti that despite Germany’s seemingly harsh retribution over NSA spying and public concern of the future of the transatlantic relationship, Germany ultimately will not risk alienation from the United States.
US President Barack Obama in a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel said he wants to improve cooperation in the intelligence field amid the recent spy scandal, according to the statement issued by the White House Wednesday.
The German Chancellery limited the cooperation of the country’s intelligence service, the BND, and the Defense Ministry with its US counterparts over the recent spy scandal, Bild reported, citing the sources in security agencies.
Allegations of a German intelligent officer selling top secret data to the US are serious, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters Monday.
National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, who is currently living in Russia under temporary asylum status, has refuted claims by the US government that he was a low-level contractor, according to an excerpt from an NBC News interview published Wednesday.
The US National Security Agency has been spying on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) by authority of the White House, Austrian newspaper Die Presse reported Thursday, citing a German journalist acquainted with documents released by Edward Snowden.