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Denmark helped US spy on German chancellor Angela Merkel and other top European allies: Report-World News , Happy Easterday

Denmark helped US spy on German chancellor Angela Merkel and different prime European allies: Report-World Information , Glad Easterday

The US spying occurred throughout and after the 2013 Edward Snowden affair, when the ex-NSA contractor unveiled paperwork detailing huge US surveillance

File picture of German chancellor Angela Merkel. AP

Copenhagen: The US spied on prime politicians in Europe, together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, from 2012 to 2014 with the assistance of Danish intelligence, Danish and European media reported on Sunday.

Danish public broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR) mentioned the US Nationwide Safety Company (NSA) had eavesdropped on Danish web cables to spy on prime politicians and high-ranking officers in Germany, Sweden, Norway and France. The NSA had taken benefit of a surveillance collaboration with Denmark’s army intelligence unit FE to take action, it mentioned.

Denmark’s defence ministry has not responded to AFP‘s requests for a remark. Defence minister Trine Bramsen, who took over the defence portfolio in June 2019, was knowledgeable of the spying in August 2020, in accordance with DR.

She instructed the broadcaster that “systematic eavesdropping of shut allies is unacceptable.”

it was not clear whether or not Denmark authorised the US to make use of its surveillance system to spy on its neighbours.

DR revealed the knowledge following an investigation it led along with Swedish broadcaster SVT, Norway’s NRK, Germany’s NDR, WDR and Suddeutsche Zeitung, and France’s Le Monde.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, then-foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and then-opposition chief Peer Steinbruck have been amongst these the NSA had spied on, DR mentioned.

The NSA was capable of entry SMS textual content messages, phone calls, and web visitors together with searches, chats and messaging companies, DR mentioned.

The spying was detailed in a secret, inside FE working group report codenamed “Operation Dunhammer” and offered to FE prime administration in Could 2015, DR mentioned.

DR mentioned its info got here from 9 completely different sources who had entry to labeled FE info, and mentioned their revelations have been independently confirmed by a number of sources.

Neither the FE nor its director on the time, Lars Findsen, commented instantly on the revelations.

The US spying, if confirmed, was occurring throughout and after the 2013 Snowden affair, which erupted when former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed 1000’s of labeled paperwork exposing the huge US surveillance put in place after the September 11, 2001 assaults.

Amongst different issues, that paperwork confirmed the US authorities was spying by itself residents and finishing up widespread tapping worldwide, together with of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone.

In November 2020, DR reported that the US had used the Danish cables to spy on Danish and European defence industries from 2012 to 2015.

In the meantime, the French authorities on Monday referred to as hte media reviews “extraordinarily critical” if confirmed.

“This can be very critical, we have to see if our companions within the EU, the Danes, have dedicated errors or faults of their cooperation with American companies,” Europe minister Clement Beaune instructed France Info radio.

He added it could even be very critical if it turned out Washington had been spying on EU leaders. “Between allies, there have to be belief, a minimal cooperation, so these potential details are critical,” mentioned the minister.

He mentioned the details should first “be verified” after which “conclusions drawn by way of cooperation.”

“This isn’t one thing that needs to be performed down,” Beaune mentioned, whereas acknowledging that related allegations had emerged again in 2013 that the USA had spied on Merkel.

“We aren’t in some type of cuddly world so this type of behaviour can sadly occur,” he mentioned.

With inputs from AFP

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Updated: May 31, 2021 — 12:46 pm

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