It’s not every day that Angela Merkel faces a parliamentary investigative committee, but her testimony on Thursday was needed to wrap up an investigation extending over three years into surveillance activities in Germany by the U.S. National Security Agency and its collaboration with the German Federal Intelligence Service, the BND.
The chancellor, who is seeking a fourth term in September, answered questions from lawmakers over seven hours. She repeated earlier public statements that she was unaware of the extent of spying operations between U.S. and German intelligence services.
“I knew nothing about it,” Merkel told committee members, according to news agency Reuters. “I had trusted my former chief of staff.”