Germany’s Spy Targets Included FBI, UNICEF, US Weapons Makers

(COMMON DREAMS) Andrea Germanos, November 11, 2015 While Chancellor Angela Merkel claimed in 2013, “Spying among friends is never acceptable,” a new media report alleges that the lengthening list of targets of Germany’s intelligence agency included the FBI, the UN children’s agency, and a German diplomat.

The German public radio station, RBB Inforadio, said Wednesday that the agency, the BND, also spied on French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, the International Court of Justice in The Hague, weapons maker Lockheed Martin, and the World Health Organization.

Reuters described the new reporting, which does not identify the source of the allegations, as “the latest twist in a growing scandal over the activities of Germany’s BND stemming from revelations in 2013 by U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden.”

An inquiry by the German parliament already revealed earlier this year that the BDN helped the NSA, with whom it’s had a cozy relationship, carry out surveillance against “top officials at the French Foreign Ministry, the Elysee Palace, and European Commission.” And last month reporting by the public radio station and Spiegel Online claimed that the BND had also spied of its own accord on “European states and allies.”

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