"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 has decided against launching a formal inquiry into accusations of NSA espionage in the country. Revelations by Edward Snowden do not provide "concrete evidence" for the offense, prosecutors said.
For the first time in Germany, top intelligence officials will publically answer questions in front of a parliamentary committee. The hearing is part of a government push to take the agencies "out of the grey zone."
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.
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