The French and German political leaders are “seeking full clarity“After a recent report said that the United States had teamed up with Denmark several years ago to spy on European government officials – even going so far as to read the bureaucrats’ emails and text messages.
A recent investigation from Denmark’s independent public service (DR) broadcaster shows that Denmark’s largest intelligence agency has offered help to the US National Security Agency while trying to monitor policies related to the European Union – including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to DR, the spy was part of a coordinated effort in which the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (abbreviation “FE”) gave the NSA access to Danish internet cables, which allowed it to intercept traffic. of the web circulating through many European nations. In this way, the NSA could listen to “the highest-ranking Norwegian, Swedish, German and French politicians and officials,” the report says.
It is unclear how long the espionage campaign will last. The claims are based on an internal report commissioned by FE on behalf of Operation Dunhammer code that covered the activities of the agency. between 2012 and 2014. The “Dunhammer” report was completed in 2015, but is only now being made available to the public through DR reports.
The findings are based essentially on disclosures made by Edward Snowden in 2013, when the losses of the former NSA contractor showed that the United States was engaged in widespread and ongoing spies aimed at its political allies. At that time, the famous rape showed that the NSA had been monitoring the phone calls of 35 different world leaders for some unknown period of time. The German Merkel was chosen in the press for being one of these leaders.
“This is not accepted among allies, and even less so among allies and European partners,” French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday. a recent video summit by Franco German. “We have asked our Danish and American partners to provide all the information on these revelations and on these past facts. We look forward to these responses.” Similarly, Merkel said she agreed with “Macron’s assertion that interception between allies was unacceptable.” CNN reports.
Other targets of the alleged surveillance include “former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and former German opposition leader Peer Steinbrück.” reports Reuters. According to the outlet, Steinbrück responded to the recent report by telling a German broadcaster that he thought it was “grotesque that friendly intelligence services intercept and spy on the largest representatives” of other countries.
The U.S. response has basically been to raise your hands and raise your hands. According to u Washington Post, Numerous current officials and former U.S. officials have responded to the allegations by mocking that such espionage “should not be a surprise, because allies routinely spy.” It’s a justification which has been done several times before.
While the ubiquity of political espionage among “friendly” nations is a historical fact, few countries have been caught up in doing as much or as aggressively as America. Case in point, previous report he suggested that Merkel was in fact under US surveillance for many decades-Which would mean that a majority of his political career takes place under the watchful eye of the American surveillance state. With friends like these …