Germany’s largest daily newspaper, the Suddeutsche Zeitung, has revealed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) used information passed to it by Denmark to spy on a number of European politicians in 2012-2014.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister (the current president of Germany) Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the candidate for Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from the Social Democratic Party of Germany, Peer Steinbrueck, were especially monitored. Their phones were tapped, the newspaper writes.
Denmark’s involvement was that the country’s authorities gave the Americans unrestricted access to a special station near Copenhagen, from where wiretapping was carried out. From there, US agents could crash into the undersea cables of Internet service providers.
But, as it turned out, the surveillance was conducted not only for German politicians but also for Denmark itself, in particular for the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Finance of the country. One company in the military-industrial complex sector also came under wiretapping.
However, according to the newspaper, the Danish government learned about such close cooperation with the Americans at the latest since 2015. This was stated in a secret report that was provided to representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers in connection with information published by former NSA employee Edward Snowden.
It said that the Danish intelligence services assisted the United States in spying on leading politicians in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, France, and Germany.
Earlier, the President of Moldova, Maia Sandu, said that her family was being monitored. And this was allegedly done by the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic, Pavel Voicu.