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NSA Spied on Germany Since 1990

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New WikiLeaks documents reveal that Ms. Merkel was far from the only one whose phone was tapped.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The new revelations put Angela Merkel under pressure to address the spying scandal with the United States, which is still one of Germany’s closest allies.

  • Facts


    • The first time the world learned about the United States spying on Germany was in 2013.
    • At the time, Chancellor Angela Merkel talked to U.S. president Barack Obama over the phone, saying that spying among friends was “unacceptable.”
    • The earliest example of spying is from 1990, when an aide of former chancellor Helmut Kohl, was tapped.
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New reports have revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency has been tapping a wide range of senior German officials  for decades, at least as far back as 1990 when Helmut Kohl was in power.

The new documents reveal that phone lines of some of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s closest aides as well as officials in the government administrations of her predecessors have been monitored for decades, according to new WikiLeaks reports that were made public Wednesday night.

The new list features more than 125 government phone numbers that date back to 1990, including those of senior officials within the government of Mr. Kohl, who was chancellor from 1990 to 1998 and Gerhard Schröder, who was in power from 1998 to 2005.

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