Deputies of the German Parliament are seriously considering the use of typewriters in order to counter espionage on the part of the US, Chairman of the Bundestag Committee of inquiry into the activities of the NSA in Germany Patrick Sensburg stated on air of the German TV station Das Erste.
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.
US President Barack Obama Tuesday spoke to Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time since a row over US spying prompted Germany to turf out the CIA station chief in Berlin. Ben Rhodes, a US deputy national security advisor, said on Twitter that the two leaders discussed "Ukraine, Iran and US-German cooperation."
US Secretary of State John Kerry, standing alongside Germany's foreign minister on Sunday, stressed the strategic importance of relations between the two countries, which have been battered by new allegations of US spying on Berlin.
Edward Snowden’s case has revealed Washington's true attitude towards Berlin, namely that despite the fact that the two countries are allies, the United States treats Germany with suspicion, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said, the RIA Novosti news agency reports.
Chancellor Angela Merkel lamented on Saturday the breakdown in trust between Germany and the United States amid a spying row that saw the CIA chief in Berlin expelled from the country. "The thing we always have to keep in mind when we are working together is if the person across the table is possibly working for someone else at the same time, that for me isn't a trusting relationship," she told German ZDF television in a pre-recorded interview.
The spy scandal that has burst out in Germany jeopardizes negotiations on creating a free trade area between the EU and the USA, Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany Heiko Maas believes.
A German defense official under investigation for alleged spying was in contact with a US State Department officer rather than American intelligenceagencies, raising questions about whether any espionage occurred, US officials familiar with the case told Reuters on Friday.
Germany's Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble has claimed that all attempts of the US Secret Service to crimp agents in Germany are devoid of sense, Phoenix TV channel says. Wolfgang Schäuble, who also served as the German Federal Minister of the Interior, said that all pieces of information provided by Germany's allies, including US, are very important as they help to save the country from terrorist attacks.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday told the US that trust was crucial between the two allies, speaking amid a row over alleged US surveillance in her country.
The Attorney General’s Office confirmed on Wednesday morning they were investigating a further incident of spying in Germany, allegedly involving a US agent who reportedly worked for Germany's Ministry of Defence. The federal prosecutor in Karlsruhe said residential and office space were searched in Berlin on Wednesday by officers from Federal Criminal Police (BKA), in an investigation into the work of an intelligence agent, thelocal.de reports.
Allegations that a German intelligence official was used by the US secret services as a double agent will not hamper negotiations on a free trade deal between the European Union (EU) and the United States, Reuters cites a German government spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz as saying on Monday.
A German intelligence "double agent" arrested on suspicion of spying for the United States had tried to broker an additional spy deal with Russia, the UK's Independent newspaper reports citing a source in Germany's Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) intelligence service.
US ambassador to Germany John Emerson has been summoned to the German Foreign Ministry following the detention of a German foreign intelligence (BND) officer on suspicion of spying for the United States, the ministry says in a statement on its website.
The United States will not sign a no-spying agreement with Germany as it attempts to settle the diplomatic fallout from the US National Security Agency's surveillance on Chancellor Angela Merkel, a White House official said Thursday. "We're not going to have a no-spy agreement," deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said in response to a question from dpa, during a White House briefing with foreign media. "We don't have no-spy agreements with any country." Rhodes said it would "just take time and a healing process through dialogue" to address the issue, but that the US had to find a balance between fresh limits on espionage and the need to gather intelligence.
Edward Snowden does not appear to have taken as much as originally thought from NSA files, The Washington Post reported late Thursday.
There is a lot of work to be done to rein in the National Security Agency and give Congress adequate means to oversee its activities, Senior Congressman and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers told RIA Novosti.
Iranian hackers created false social networking accounts and a fake news website to spy on military and political leaders in the United States, Israel and other countries, a cyber intelligence firm said on Thursday. ISight Partners, which uncovered the operation, said the hackers' targets include a four-star US Navy admiral, US lawmakers and ambassadors, members of the US-Israeli lobby, and personnel from Britain, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
California state has banned the NSA from spying on its residents. According to the new bill, from now on, the federal government would require a warrant from the judge for the agencies to get information about the residents' personal records and phone conversation.