27.5.15

Angie betrayed Germany

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Merkel deceived German public on US espionage pact: Report

By Presstv.com

German Chancellor Angela Merkel deceived her people about an inclination by the United States to sign a no-spy agreement with Germany, according to a new report.
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The high-circulation daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday that Merkel’s claims in the run-up to the general elections in 2013 regarding Washington’s readiness to stop espionage on Berlin had been totally fake.
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The report, which is based on some confidential documents seen by some German broadcasters, said that Merkel was aware at the time that the US would not agree to refrain from spying, but she, along with members of her government, still led the public to believe that this would be the case.
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According to a document, which has also been seen by Merkel, Germany’s then-foreign minister Guido Westerwelle received “no concrete confirmation” from US Secretary of State John Kerry after asking him about the possibility of such an agreement between Berlin and Washington.
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Merkel has repeatedly been criticized in the German media about her deceptive methods of handling the controversial US espionage case with many saying that she has tried to mislead the public about the deep layers of cooperation between the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the German intelligence service BND.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (© AFP)
According to leaked reports, the US espionage apparatus has been actively spying on members of the German government as well as industrial enterprises for years.
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Revelations over the past two years have proved that BND has been engaged in an extensive cooperation with the NSA, with documents showing that the German intelligence agency has provided its US partners with a huge collection of data on the activities of German and European firms for more than 10 years.
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Earlier in May, Germany's federal prosecutor launched a preliminary probe into the case following media reports and demands by opposition politicians for more information on the unfolding scandal.
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According to the German magazine, Der Spiegel, BND has collected information on European firms at Washington's behest to see if they were violating trade embargoes.
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The magazine has also claimed that in 2013, the BND officials ordered its staff to delete some 12,000 email addresses, IP addresses and phone numbers, mostly from senior German officials who had been under NSA surveillance.