“If the information is true,” Macron said during a press briefing after the France-German virtual summit. these guidelines “Not acceptable between allies. and even European allies and alliances are less acceptable.”
The revelation that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) tapped Merkel’s cell phone came in 2013 after former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden shared documents with The Guardian that showed officials of the US National Security Agency (NSA). United States has given 200 phone numbers to the agency including phone numbers of world leaders agency to be inspected
DR, the independent Danish public service spokesman, published a report on Sunday that the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (FE) launched an internal investigation in 2014 into whether the NSA used cooperation with FE and Danish Internet cable in and outside Denmark. to spy on top European officials, according to Reuters.
The DR has spoken to nine anonymous sources close to the FE investigation, Reuters said.
“The Danish government can and will not comment on speculation in the media about our intelligence agencies,” Danish Defense Minister Trin Bramsen said in a statement sent to CNN.
“The Danish government’s position is clear. Systematic targeting with our close alliance partners is unacceptable. Obviously that is a principle that the Danish authorities hold very well,” she said.
FE declined to comment on all reports. The NSA also declined to comment.
A Merkel spokesman said the German government was seeking more information on the issue.
“The federal government has properly documented the coverage. and is in contact with all relevant international and national authorities to clarify this matter,” Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert. said at a government press conference in Berlin on Monday.
Senior officials in Sweden, France and Norway were also spied on using Danish data cables, the DR investigation found, according to Reuters. Apparently confirming the earlier findings in the Snowden file.
The DR report also found that the NSA had spied on German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. who is now the country’s president and former opposition leader Peer Steinbrück, Reuters reported.
The DR reported that the data it gathered came from analytics software called Xkeyscore, developed by the NSA. It “intercepts calls, texts and chats to and from officials’ phones in neighboring countries,” the DR report said.
CNN’s Ivana Kottasová, Amy Cassidy, Alex Marquardt and Colin Ivory Meyer contributed to the report.