Tag: Berlin

Germany orders intelligence agency to fix flaws in operations

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BERLIN, April 23 (Reuters) – The German government has ordered its foreign intelligence agency to address flaws in some of its operations, after Der Spiegel reported that agency officials indirectly helped U.S. agencies spy on European firms such as defence

NSA spying inquiry: UK-German intelligence-sharing dispute deepens

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Germany’s efforts to investigate National Security Agency (NSA) spying are being hampered by Britain’s refusal to co-operate amid threats to break off intelligence-sharing agreements, a German newspaper has reported. The claims note a heightening of tensions between Downing Street and

Witness: German intelligence helped NSA to tap Internet hub

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A witness told a German parliamentary inquiry on Thursday that America’s NSA was fed filtered data from an internet exchange point in Frankfurt, after an OK from the Chancellery in Berlin. The Eikonal project leader within Germany’s BND foreign intelligence

Why Germany Must Spy on the Turks

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For over a year, Germans have expressed mounting outrage at revelations of American espionage in their country. The opportunity to shake one’s head and wag one’s finger, especially at uncouth Americans, is one that many Germans enjoy, and Washington’s eavesdropping on

German opposition goes to court on Snowden hearing

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BERLIN (AP) — Opposition lawmakers have asked Germany’s highest court to rule on whether former NSA contractor Edward Snowden can come to Berlin to testify about the agency’s activities. Members of the Greens and the Left Party said Friday that

Yes, Berlin has its own spying scandals, but don’t expect Germany to forgive the NSA

For politicians in Washington, the German uproar over allegations that the NSA had spied on Merkel and collected the data of millions of Germans was remarkable. The usually calm Chancellor Angela Merkel angrily rejected American explanations and forced the CIA station chief in

Turkey demands explanation from Germany over spying on it

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Turkey has demanded an explanation from Germany over media reports that German intelligence service has been spying on the NATO partner for several years. “If the allegations were proved true, then it would be completely unacceptable,” said Turkish Foreign Minister

Identify your spy: Germany asks other countries for names of secret agents

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Germany is asking foreign diplomatic missions to reveal the names of secret service agents working in the country, a report states. It comes amid the spy row between Berlin and Washington, following revelations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The

LEGACY OF ASHES. The History of the CIA

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“We went all over the world and we did what we wanted,” said Al Ulmer, the C.I.A.’s Far East division chief in the 1950s. “God, we had fun.” But even their successes turned out to be failures. In 1963, the

The Cost of Surveillance

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American foreign policy has long been an exercise of divided labor. For more than fifty years, we have parceled out responsibility for guiding America’s path in the world among the Departments of State and Defense, the CIA, the NSA, and

Germany to ‘spy on US and UK intelligence gathering’ for the first time in 45 years

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Germany has ordered surveillance of British and American intelligence gathering on its soil to begin for the first time since 1945, according to reports. Under the decision, US and British intelligence operations in Germany will be subject to the same

A year after U.S. spying revelations, German officials say questions remain unanswered

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is President Obama’s “go-to partner” when it comes to world crises from negotiations with Iran to persuading Europe to adopt harsher sanctions against Russia, according to a senior administration official. So if Merkel has a problem

Top Obama Aides Sent to Berlin Over U.S. Spy Tensions

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Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated extensively with the NSA on surveillance activities. But after a high-level meeting in Berlin this

Snowden’s lawyer says assumes his Russian asylum will be extended

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BERLIN (Reuters) – A lawyer for former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden told German radio on Thursday that he expected his client’s asylum in Russia to be extended beyond July. “We assume that it will be extended,” Wolfgang Kaleck, Snowden’s

Germany investigates alleged NSA Merkel phone tap

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BERLIN — German prosecutors have opened an investigation into the alleged monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone by the U.S. National Security Agency, officials said Wednesday, in a move that could again complicate diplomatic relations between the two allies. It

Germany to thwart internal NSA probe

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The German government plans to limit their level of cooperation with a recently formed parliamentary panel investigating mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency, Der Spiegel reports. The 8-member panel of inquiry, comprising six lawmakers from the ruling coalition

Russian sanctions, NSA spying top the agenda at Merkel’s White House visit

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Germany’s Chancellor Merkel is in the White House for the first time since it was revealed the NSA monitored her personal communications. During bilateral talks with Barack Obama, Merkel is expected to broach sanctions on Russia and US spying. Relations

Angela Merkel denied access to her NSA file

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The US government is refusing to grant Angela Merkel access to her NSA file or answer formal questions from Germany about its surveillance activities, raising the stakes before a crucial visit by the German chancellor to Washington. Merkel will meet

U.S. now bugging German ministers in place of Merkel – report

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(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has stepped up its surveillance of senior German government officials since being ordered by Barack Obama to halt its spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday. Revelations

Germany is ‘planning to step up counter-espionage’: report

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Germany is planning to possibly resume counter-espionage measures against several Western allies, according to a report in the news magazine Spiegel. The report said British and US embassies could be targeted. Germany is debating plans to expand its counter-espionage personnel