According to the Spiegel, the BND carried out surveillance on embassies and other bodies in several EU countries, as well as "other targets" in France and the United States, in what the Spiegel said was out of the area of the BND's work.
The German newspaper Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, in turn, quoted sources in the German parliament, the Bundestag, as saying that at the time, the BND focused on collecting information related to the world's crisis spots, including Afghanistan.
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Germany's snooping reportedly stopped in the summer of 2013, in a move initiated by Ronald Pofalla, then-Chief of Staff of the German Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Affairs.
The Mitteldeutsche Zeitung claimed that the information was revealed during a meeting of Germany's Parliamentary Control Panel and the Bundestag's NSA Investigation Committee, which was attended by BND head Gerhard Schindler.
"It is clear that in any case the Office of Chancellor was in the know about what was happening, but they kept mum about it," the newspaper said.
Earlier it was reported that the US National Security Agency collaborated with Germany to spy on an array of European countries and their leaders.
The German media reported that the German Interior Ministry had given false answers to parliamentary questions about the scandal on several occasions. Separately, WikiLeaks disclosed information that the NSA tapped phone calls involving German Chancellors Angela Merkel, Gerhard Schroeder and Helmut Kohl.