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German secret service BND systematically spied on allies: Report

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
An aerial view taken on May 8, 2015 shows radar domes on the grounds of the German intelligence service BND's post in Bad Aibling, southern Germany. (AFP photo)

Germany’s secret service has “systematically spied” on the country’s allies and other international organizations, a report says.

The news weekly Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that the German intelligence agency Bundesnachrichtendienst, known by its acronym as the BND, has spied on Berlin’s allies, including the US Department of the Interior as well as the interior ministries of Poland, Austria, Denmark and Croatia.

The US delegation at the European Union in Brussels and the United Nations in New York, the US Treasury as well as several embassies in Germany, including those of the US, France, Britain, Sweden, and Portugal, were among the spying targets, the report said.

The German weekly also said organizations such as the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the charity organization Oxfam have also been spied on.

The BND was previously accused of spying on officials at the French Foreign Ministry and Presidency, as well as the European Commission, on behalf of the US National Security Agency (NSA).

In October, German media reported that the BND had spied on its own account on several embassies and administrations of “European states and allies.”

The NSA had previously targeted 69 telephone and fax numbers belonging to top officials in the German administration.

​Earlier in October 2013, Der Spiegel said in a report that it had obtained secret documents from the NSA supplied by American whistleblower Edward Snowden revealing that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone had been listed by the NSA’s Special Collection Service (SCS) since 2002 and may have been monitored for over 10 years.


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