President Obama asked the Danish Defence Intelligence Service (FE) to give access to Denmark’s internet cables to the National Security Agency. For some reason, they gave it to him. But they definitely wouldn’t have if they knew what was coming next.
Through access granted by these cables, Obama and the NSA were allegedly able to monitor the text messages and phone calls of top German officials.
Three people reported to be targeted were Chancellor Angela Merkel, then=Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeir, as well as then-opposition leader Peer Steinbrück.
Steinbrück’s case provides the best clue as to WHY the NSA would want to be keeping tabs on these three, as the surveillance of him didn’t occur until he was put forward by the Social Democrats of Germany as their candidate for chancellorship.
He’s also the only one out of the three aforementioned Germans who have responded to the news that Obama had access to private messages: “Politically, I consider this a scandal.”
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