Saturday 19 April 2014

Minister demands 'full details' on spying

Germany's interior minister is pressing for "complete information" from Washington on US surveillance of Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone and any other snooping carried out by American agents.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich was quoted yesterday as telling newspaper 'Bild am Sonntag' he wanted "complete information on all accusations" and that "if the Americans intercepted cellphones in Germany, they broke German law on German soil".

He added wiretapping was a crime and "those responsible must be held accountable".

News magazine 'Der Spiegel', whose research prompted the government's response, reported that a document apparently from an NSA database indicated Ms Merkel's mobile phone was first identified as a target as far back as 2002.

Irish Independent

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