Germany May Start Spying on America
Angela Merkel's German government is set to scrap its decades-old policy of not spying on NATO allies after a series of revelations over U.S. spying in the country, the Daily Mail reports.
The move comes after a German intelligence officer was last week exposed as a double-agent who had been passing secrets to the American government.
Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Thomas de Maizière, the German Interior Minister, said Berlin wants a "360 degree surveillance" of all spying operations within Germany. The paper claims to have obtained documents detailing "concrete countermeasures" that German intelligence agencies plan to take.
Meanwhile Stephan Meyer, a security spokesman for Merkel’s Christian Democrat party, said: "We must focus more strongly on our so-called allies."
On Monday, Breitbart London reported that relations between Germany and America had hit a new low after the double-agent was exposed, with an opinion poll suggesting that 57 percent of Germans now want their country to have a looser relationship with the U.S.
If Germany does start spying on the U.S., it will be the first time it has monitored allies in such a way since the end of the Second World War. After the fall of the Nazis and the creation of the modern, democratic German state, the government decided to turn a blind eye on the activities of Western powers as it dealt with its Communist neighbours in the east.
In October last year, it was revealed that U.S. spies had been monitoring Angela Merkel’s personal phone since 2002. German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported that U.S. president Barack Obama had personally authorised the continuation of the phone tapping after he took office.
German minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said: "If the Americans intercepted cellphones in Germany, they broke German law on German soil," adding: "those responsible must be held accountable".