US used Danish cables to spy on Merkel and other European leaders: report

US used Danish cables to spy on Merkel and other European leaders: report


Copenhagen: Denmark was trapped in espionage between Europe and Washington on Monday, after local media reported that the investigation found that the US National Security Agency (NSA) used its partner with Danish foreign intelligence agencies to monitor German Chancellor Angela Mo. Angela Merkel and other leaders.

DR said the findings were the result of an internal investigation conducted by the Danish Defence Intelligence Agency into the NSA’s role in the partnership in 2015, citing nine unnamed sources.

According to an investigation covering 2012-2014, the National Security Agency used Danish information cables to monitor senior officials in Sweden, Norway, France and Germany, including former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and former German opposition Party leader Peer Steinbrück.

When asked about its comments on the disaster recovery report, a spokesman for the German Chancellery stated that it was only aware of the allegations when reporters asked about the allegations and declined to comment further.

Danish Defense Minister Trine Bramsen (Trine Bramsen) declined to comment on media “speculations” about intelligence issues.

“I can more generally say that this government has the same attitude as the former Prime Minister expressed in 2013 and 2014 — systematic wiretapping of close allies is unacceptable,” Bramsen told Reuters in a statement.

In Washington, the National Security Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) declined to comment. A spokesperson for the Danish Defense Intelligence Agency also declined to comment.

Denmark is a close ally of the United States and has several major landing stations for submarine Internet cables to and from Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Through targeted retrievals and the use of NSA-developed analysis software known as Xkeyscore, NSA intercepted both calls, texts and chat messages to and from telephones of officials in the neighbouring countries, sources told DR.

The internal investigation in the Danish Defence Intelligence Service was launched in 2014 following concerns about former NSA employee Edward Snowden’s leaks the previous year revealing how the NSA works, according to DR.

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