"Spying among friends is not acceptable" – said Chancellor Merkel 2013 regarding the NSA. Now it seems that Germany’s very own intelligence service BND snooped not only on a long list of individuals and organization but even on one of its own.
Germany's foreign intelligence service was hardly innocent in the NSA spying scandal. The consequences drawn from that fact are dubious and no guarantee for more security in fighting terrorism, says Marcel Fürstenau.
Newly revealed documents show German intelligence spied on White House personnel for years, according to a news report. In 2015, German intelligence was found to have spied on European allies, to Berlin's embarrassment.
A German investigative committee has presented its findings to the Bundestag on US spying on Germany - and Germany's spying on its allies. The report is more than 1,800 pages long but contains little consensus.
Chancellor Angela Merkel will be probably the last witness to testify before the inquiry committee investigating the scandal that was caused by Snowden's revelations. The inquiry revolves around a famous Merkel quote.
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