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German Magazine says NSA Kept Hundreds of Reports on Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to Gregor Gyisi of the Left party answer her speech on the government's policy on Ukraine at the Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament in Berlin on March 13, 2014.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to Gregor Gyisi of the Left party answer her speech on the government's policy on Ukraine at the Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament in Berlin on March 13, 2014.
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A German magazine says the U.S. National Security Agency kept more than 300 reports on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a revelation that could further strain relations between the two countries over the scope of U.S. surveillance programs.

Der Spiegel magazine says the reports were part of a database about foreign heads of state that also included the heads of Peru, Somalia, Belarus and other countries.

In a Saturday report, Der Spiegel said the information is in documents leaked by former U.S. national security contractor Edward Snowden. The NSA says he stole 1.7 million documents before fleeing to asylum in Russia.

Der Spiegel also says a British intelligence service infiltrated Germany Internet companies.

At an October summit in Brussels, Chancellor Merkel said she made it clear to President Barack Obama that spying on allies was unacceptable. She commented after allegations emerged that the NSA had monitored her cell phone calls.

In January, Obama outlined a series of changes to U.S. surveillance operations, including a plan that would virtually end spying on foreign allies.

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by: Not Again from: Canada
March 29, 2014 8:31 PM
In my view- Merkel should not be surprised, given that she was brought up under communist rule, had close connections with ex-communists like Putin, and worse, time and again she has undercut the US position on issues of grave importance, not just to the US but to the aliance in general. Any serious leader, would want to know as to where she was coming from on all the issues, instead of closing ranks; my speculation is/was that potentially she was coming up on negative sides of issues as a result of outside influence. Selling Germany's 1/3 energy reliance into Russia, really brings to question as to why she would do so, and thus tremendously weaken German indepencence? Naivete can't explain such a bad strategic choice. and even her own independence to act in an unbiased manner was seriously affected by such a bad energy choice.... But any way that is my speculation on the issue, as to why she would be under close observation.

by: meanbill from: USA
March 29, 2014 5:58 PM
REALLY ... Did the NSA spy on Merkel just because she's German? .. or were there rumors she talked Russian with Putin?
JUST MAYBE? ... IF the NSA had spied on ambassador Stevens personal cell phone calls in Benghazi on 09-11-2013, we'd know if (any) American called him that night, or if he called any American Agency for help....
IF only the NSA had spied on Flight MH-370, right? ... they could tell everybody where the hijacked plane is?

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