The U.S. intelligence service has apparently been spying on the Chancellor’s Office for decades. New documents show that even employees of Schroder and Kohl were targets.
Already screened by the NSA for decades: the Chancellor’s Office. Photo: dpa
According to new publications by the WikiLeaks disclosure platform, the U.S. intelligence agency NSA has been spying on top German politicians and government agencies far longer and more intensively than previously known. The Federal Chancellery, for example, was bugged for decades, WikiLeaks reported on its website on Wednesday evening. In addition to Chancellor Angela Merkel, the previous governments under Chancellors Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schroder were apparently also affected. No comment was initially available from the German government.
The platform published another 56 so-called selectors, i.e. telephone and fax numbers from the Chancellery that were used for surveillance. Together with the numbers published last week, the list thus comprises 125 monitored connections.
According to WikiLeaks, the list includes phone numbers of Merkel and close associates, including her office manager and confidante Beate Baumann, Chancellery Minister Peter Altmaier and intelligence coordinator Klaus-Dieter Fritsche. The numbers of Union faction leader Volker Kauder and former Chancellery Minister Ronald Pofalla are also on it.
Last week, WikiLeaks had already published documents relating to Germany, including 69 selectors. Among other things, according to these revelations, Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel and the ministry are said to have been the target of spying. In response, the German government had asked U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson summoned to the Chancellor’s Office.