In 2013, whistleblowers revealed that the NSA has, for years, spied on America’s allies and their leaders. It was a troubling revelation that was hardly surprising as the Obama Administration has been, for years, collecting electronic data on each and every American citizen who has used a cell phone or email.
One of the most-outraged world leaders was Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who famously declared that “Spying among friends, that’s just wrong” in 2013.
Now, according to a report, Merkel’s foreign intelligence agencies was doing the same as Germany reportedly spied on the FBI and U.S. arms companies.
German public radio station rbb-Inforadio reported that Germany also spied on the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the World Health Organization, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and an EU official that headed a diplomatic mission to Georgia from 2008 to 2011.
The German intelligence agency, the BND, has not commented on the allegations that have been reported via anonymous sources. Germany is still undergoing investigations into the conduct of the NSA over the eavesdropping by the agency.
Government spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz did not confirm the reports, but instead told reporters in Berlin,
“The facts behind these various press reports will be comprehensively investigated and of course the chancellery is involved in this investigation.”
If true, the actions by the German authorities indicate a fresh wound in the relations between the U.S. and Germany. Germany had pushed-back hard against the U.S. for the reported eavesdropping scandal and if these recent allegations are true, it highlights a shocking hypocrisy on behalf of Germany’s government.