BERLIN: Washington targeted European Union offices in Brussels and the United States, German weekly Der Spiegel reported on Sunday, in fresh spying allegations attributed to US fugitive Edward Snowden.
The story, the latest in a series of allegations about US intelligence activity, is likely to further strain relations with its European partners.
European Parliament President Martin Schulz said in a statement he was shocked at the allegations and demanded full clarification from Washington.
“If the allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-US relations.” He demanded full and speedy clarification from the US authorities.
US spying was “out of control,” said Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn.
“The US would do better to monitor its intelligence services instead of its allies,” he added.
Even before the latest allegations, the EU’s Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding wrote to US attorney general Eric Holder earlier this month calling for answers about its Internet spy programme.
this is the der spiegel link, if my german serves me well enough.
and the danish one
The NSA is spying in Germany on a much larger scale as we first thought. It is said that 500 million German phonecalls, e-mails and text messages are being tapped in looked at by the NSA.
According to Der Spiegel Germany is being watched just as much as the VS is watching China, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
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“I am deeply worried and shocked about the allegations of U.S. authorities spying on EU offices. If the allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-U.S. relations,” he said.
According to the Associated Press, Germany’s Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger compared the alleged bugging to “methods used by enemies during the Cold War.”
Meanwhile, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told Spiegel Online, the allegations were a breach of trust and that the EU and its diplomats are not terrorists.
“If these reports are true, it is abominable,” he said.
The Spiegel report published on Saturday said the NSA also spied on the EU representative to the United Nations in New York and on offices in Brussels.