The German foreign intelligence, the BND, is again splashed by a scandal. Thursday, public radio RBB and the online edition of the weekly Der Spiegel asserted that the intelligence services ‘In Germany had illegally listened to embassies and government “of European countries and allies,” including France and the United States.
The BND had already been accused in the past for listening officials from the French Foreign Ministry, the French Presidency and the European Commission on behalf of the NSA, the American intelligence agency.
practices that ceased in 2013
Under these new revelations, US military installations and US Secretary of State were spied. The BND, which would have used “selectors” (key words, names, phone numbers or credit cards …) that had been her provided by the NSA , and have also used their own ” selectors, “say the two media.
The practice lasted several years before ending “in the fall of 2013″. The German Minister of Justice, Heiko Maas, pleaded Thursday for the BND is subject to “stricter rules”. “We also need to ensure that they are enforced,” he told the daily Rheinische Post . “The rule of law and fundamental rights do not stop at the German borders,” added the Minister.
officers will be auditioned
Informed of the case Wednesday, the parliamentary oversight body, responsible for shedding light on espionage practices proved these recent years in the country, should hear next week BND agents, indicate Der Spiegel and RBB.
In autumn 2013, information on the tapping of Mobile phone Chancellor Angela Merkel had caused considerable tension between Berlin and Washington. “Espionage friends, this is not going at all,” Merkel said at the time. The investigation initiated by the German justice had finally been closed in June.