The US spied on high politicians in Europe, together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, from 2012 to 2014 with the assistance of Danish intelligence, Danish and European media reported on Sunday.
Danish public broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR) mentioned the US National Security Agency (NSA) had eavesdropped on Danish web cables to spy on high politicians and high-ranking officers in Germany, Sweden, Norway and France.
The NSA had taken benefit of a surveillance collaboration with Denmark’s army intelligence unit FE to take action, it mentioned.
Denmark’s defence ministry has not responded to AFP’s requests for a remark.
Defence Minister Trine Bramsen, who took over the defence portfolio in June 2019, was knowledgeable of the spying in August 2020, in line with DR.
She advised the broadcaster that “systematic eavesdropping of close allies is unacceptable.”
It was not clear whether or not Denmark authorised the US to make use of its surveillance system to spy on its neighbours.
DR revealed the knowledge following an investigation it led along with Swedish broadcaster SVT, Norway’s NRK, Germany’s NDR, WDR and Suddeutsche Zeitung, and France’s Le Monde.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, then-foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and then-opposition chief Peer Steinbruck have been amongst these the NSA had spied on, DR mentioned.
The NSA was in a position to entry SMS textual content messages, phone calls, and web site visitors together with searches, chats and messaging providers, DR mentioned.
The spying was detailed in a secret, inner FE working group report codenamed “Operation Dunhammer” and introduced to FE high administration in May 2015, DR mentioned.
DR mentioned its data got here from 9 completely different sources who had entry to categorized FE data, and mentioned their revelations have been independently confirmed by a number of sources.
Neither the FE nor its director on the time, Lars Findsen, commented instantly on the revelations.
The US spying, if confirmed, was occurring throughout and after the 2013 Snowden affair, which erupted when former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed 1000’s of categorized paperwork exposing the huge US surveillance put in place after the September 11, 2001 assaults.
Among different issues, that paperwork confirmed the US authorities was spying by itself residents and finishing up widespread tapping worldwide, together with of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone.
In November 2020, DR reported that the US had used the Danish cables to spy on Danish and European defence industries from 2012 to 2015.
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