Germany Reportedly Spied on FBI, U.S. Arms Companies


German public radio station rbb-Inforadio reports that the country’s foreign intelligence agency spied on the FBI and U.S. arms companies.

The station didn’t identify the source of for its report Wednesday that the BND spy agency also eavesdropped on targets that included the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the World Health Organization, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and even a German diplomat who headed an EU observer mission to Georgia from 2008 to 2011.

The BND’s work is being investigated by lawmakers concerned the agency may have overstepped its legal boundaries.

The spy agency and the chancellery, which oversees the BND’s work, didn’t respond to requests for comment.

On Monday, government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters that “political reconnaissance of partner countries isn’t part of the BND’s remit.”

WikiLeaks published two lists of German phone numbers in July that it claimed showed the U.S. National Security Agency targeted for surveillance a string of connections at the chancellery and close aides to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Those publications rekindled concerns over U.S. surveillance in Germany after reports two years earlier that Merkel’s cellphone had been targeted.

Merkel’s chief of staff summoned the U.S. ambassador for a meeting in July and told him that German law must be adhered to.

SOURCE: The Associated Press