Germany NSA’s main target, claims ex-staffer

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Drake, an NSA executive turned whistleblower, said the US National Security Agency (NSA) wanted to punish Germany to a “certain extent” for failing to notice that an al Qaeda terrorist cell had planned the attack series from Hamburg.

The cell led by Mohammed Atta and recruited by the late al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden from Afghanistan rammed airliners into New York’s twin towers and the Pentagon near Washington on September 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people.

Drake, who is to testify next Thursday to the German parliament’s NSA inquiry committee, said the NSA decided it could “no longer” trust Germany because the cell had “lived, trained and communicated” unnoticed by the German intelligence authorities.

Ironically, afterwards, the NSA intensified its liaison with Germany’s BND foreign intelligence service “because the NSA wanted to have more control over what your boys are doing here,” Drake told Spiegel.

Ties ‘unusually close’

Those NSA-BND ties became “unusually close,” said the former NSA executive, adding that the liaison hardly differed from official exchanges under the decades-old ” Five Eyes” alliance between the US, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

While US President Barack Obama had reassured German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the NSA no longer eavesdropped on her mobile phone, “all other Germans are apparently regarded by the NSA as suspects,” the 57-year-old said.

Drake said Germany’s ties dated back to the Cold War, with..

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