The German Federal Prosecutor has opened an investigation into the alleged surveillance of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone by the US National Security Agency (NSA). The tapping was revealed thanks to the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks.
“I informed parliament’s legal affairs committee that I have started a preliminary investigation over tapping of a mobile phone of the chancellor,” Prosecutor Harald Range said after addressing the committee.
The NSA is not going to figure in the probe for now, as the case on espionage is opened against the “unknown” suspected party.
“Extensive preliminary investigations have established that sufficient factual evidence exists that unknown members of US intelligence services spied on the mobile phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel,” Range’s office said.
Prosecutors will also continue to monitor the “possible massive collection of telecommunications data of German citizens by British and American intelligence services.” Efforts against “cyber-espionage” will be intensified.
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