The U.S. Nationwide Safety Company (NSA) has used a partnership with Denmark’s overseas intelligence unit to spy on senior officers of neighbouring nations, together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in response to Danish state broadcaster DR.
The findings are the results of an inner investigation within the Danish Defence Intelligence Service from 2015 into NSA’s function within the partnership, DR mentioned, citing 9 unnamed sources with entry to the investigation.
Based on the investigation which coated 2012 and 2014, the NSA used Danish data cables to spy on senior officers in Sweden, Norway, France and Germany, together with former German Overseas Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and former German opposition chief Peer Steinbrück.
Requested for touch upon the DR report, a spokesperson for the German chancellery mentioned it solely grew to become conscious of the allegations when requested about them by journalists, and declined to remark additional.
Denmark, a detailed ally of the US, hosts a number of key touchdown stations for subsea web cables to and from Sweden, Norway, Germany, Holland and the UK.
The interior investigation within the Danish Defence Intelligence Service was launched in 2014 following considerations about Edward Snowden’s leaks the earlier yr revealing how the NSA works, in response to DR.
In Washington, the NSA didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark and the Workplace of the Director of Nationwide Intelligence (DNI) declined to remark. A spokesperson for the Danish Defence Intelligence Service declined to remark.
“It’s grotesque that pleasant intelligence providers are certainly intercepting and spying on high representatives of different nations,” Steinbrueck informed German broadcaster ARD. “Politically I think about it a scandal.”
Sweden’s Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist informed Swedish SVT broadcaster that he “demanded full data on these items.” Norway’s Defence Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen informed broadcaster NRK that “take the allegations severely.”
A choice in August final yr to droop the pinnacle of the Danish Defence Intelligence Service and three different officers from their posts following criticism and accusations of significant wrongdoings from an unbiased board overseeing the unit, centered across the 2015 investigation, in response to DR.
The Danish authorities mentioned final yr it might provoke an investigation into the case based mostly on data from a whistleblower report. That investigation is predicted to be concluded later this yr.
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