#BREAKING144 ‘ German prosecutors close probe into alleged NSA tapping of Merkel cellphone’

#AceBreakingNews – GERMANY:June.12: German prosecutors have closed an investigation into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone by the US National Security Agency (NSA). The allegation was based on documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch)

The alleged hack of the German leader’s phone was first reported by the news magazine Spiegel, causing outrage in the country.

In December 2014, after months of investigation, Germany’s top prosecutor Harald Range said the probe had failed to find proof of tapping and that the document published by the media didn’t “come from an NSA database.”

German prosecutors close probe into alleged NSA tapping of Merkel cellphone
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G7 SUMMIT: ‘ Cameron announces 125 extra military trainers to Iraq to fight Islamic State ‘

#AceBreakingNews – G7:June.07: The UK is to send an extra 125 military trainers to Iraq to help in the battle against Islamic State, the PM has said.David Cameron made the announcement at the G7 in Bavaria ahead of a meeting with the Iraqi prime minister on 8 June.

Mr Cameron told reporters that terror activity by IS was “the biggest threat” G7 leaders had to address.

Most of the extra personnel would be involved in training Iraqi soldiers to deal with explosive devices, he added.

G7 summit: 125 extra military trainers to be sent to Iraq The UK is to send an extra 125 military trainers to Iraq to help in the fight against Islamic State, PM David Cameron announces at the G7 summit.

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GERMANY: ‘ G7Live: ‘ Conference Protesters Peaceful & Police Keep Watching Brief ‘

#AceNewsReport – GERMANY:June.07: The crisis in Ukraine and the Greek economy are expected to top the agenda of the two-day G7 summit in southern Germany. However, the event has been overshadowed by mass demonstrations by anti-globalization protesters, who plan to hold more rallies.

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11:45 GMT:

Prime Minister Cameron also says he wants to see the #FIFA scandal discussed during the summit. He believes this is the perfect opportunity to tackle the broader “cancer” of corruption globally.

“There is something of an international taboo over pointing the finger and stirring up concerns,” Cameron said in a statement on Friday, as cited by Reuters.

“At international summits, leaders meet to talk about aid, economic growth and how to keep our people safe. But we just don’t talk enough about corruption. This has got to change. We have to show some of the same courage that exposed FIFA and break the taboo.”

11:00 GMT:

British PM David Cameron says Europe must stay united on sanctions against Russia over Ukraine conflict despite pain, Reuters reports.

“We need to make sure Europe remains united,” Cameron told reporters at the G7.

“It (sanctions) has an impact on all countries. (But) Britain hasn’t let our pre-eminence in financial services get in the way of taking a robust response to Russian-backed aggression and I don’t think other countries should either.”

10:05 GMT:

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk says the G7 group would like to see Russia back at the forum’s table.

“We would all prefer to see Russia at the table of the forum so that it can become the G8 group. But our group is a community of values and that is why Russia is not with us today and will not be invited as long as it acts aggressively against Ukraine or other countries,” Tusk said in a press conference.

09:57 GMT:

https://twitter.com/EUCouncilTVNews/status/607524940305317888

Meanwhile, it seems as though the protesters have reached the end of the line as they tried to make their way towards the Schloss Elmau hotel.

Ruptly producer Denise Reese, who is at the scene, says there is a relaxed atmosphere and there does not seem to be any hint of trouble at the moment. There are about 500 demonstrators present.

09:53 GMT:

British Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in Bavaria for the G7 summit. He plans to push EU officials to speed up negotiations to speed up a multi-billion dollar trade deal between the bloc and the US.

His intervention would come after the EU’s chief negotiator said in April that talks to clinch the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would stretch into 2016.

British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) receives flowers from children during a welcoming ceremony at Munich airport, Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Lukas Barth)

British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) receives flowers from children during a welcoming ceremony at Munich airport, Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Lukas Barth)

“We launched this at a G8 that was ours in Lough Erne in 2013,” one British official told reporters, which was cited by Reuters. “That was over 700 days ago, and the prime minister feels we should be making swifter progress.”

09:32 GMT:

Barack Obama and Angela Merkel meeting some of the locals.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama meet local inhabitants as they visit Kruen, southern Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Daniel Karmann / Pool)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama meet local inhabitants as they visit Kruen, southern Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Daniel Karmann / Pool)

09:24 GMT:

Barack Obama said before the start of the G7 summit that leaders would discuss what they perceive to be Russian “aggression” in Ukraine, as well as the threats posed by extremism and climate change.

“So over the next two days in Schloss Elmau we’re going to discuss our shared future, the global economy that creates jobs and opportunity, maintaining a strong and prosperous European Union, forging new trade partnerships across the Atlantic, standing up to Russian aggression in Ukraine, combating threats from violent extremism to climate change,” Obama said, as cited by Reuters.

U.S. President Barack Obama toasts with beer as he visits Kruen, southern Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Hannibal Hanschk)

U.S. President Barack Obama toasts with beer as he visits Kruen, southern Germany, June 7, 2015. (Reuters / Hannibal Hanschk)

Before getting down to business, the US president managed to enjoy a traditional Bavarian lunch with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

09:07 GMT:

Ruptly producer Denise Reese has been following the protesters on their march towards the Schloss Elmau hotel.

08:37 GMT:

Demonstrators blocked a road leading to the Schloss Elmau hotel with a sit-down protest. This forced those attending the G7 summit to make the final stretch of their journey by helicopter, Reuters reports.

Bavarian police said on Twitter that 12 protesters had sat down in the road. After the police talked to them, seven of the demonstrators left voluntarily, while five were dragged away forcibly.

08:37 GMT:

Meanwhile, protesters against the G7 summit said that police used a chemical substance on up to 400 people, a spokesperson for the Stop G7 movement told the Sputnik news agency. The spokesperson added that several people suffered injuries after the substance was emitted.

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‘ G7 Leaders Prepared to Impose Further Sanctions ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – June 05  – Leaders of the G7 industrial nations meeting in Brussels say they are prepared to impose further sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.


A joint statement condemned Moscow for its “continuing violation” of Ukraine’s sovereignty.

The G7 summit is the first since Russia was expelled from the group following its annexation of Crimea in March.


On Thursday, leaders are set to discuss the global economic outlook, climate change and development issues.

Although Russian President Vladimir Putin is not at the Brussels summit, he will hold face-to-face talks with some G7 leaders – not including US President Barack Obama – in Paris afterwards.

However, both Mr Putin and Mr Obama will attend a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France on Friday.

While in Poland on Wednesday, President Obama warned Moscow against what he called its “dark tactics” in Ukraine.

Diplomacy has intensified to try to resolve the biggest crisis in years between Russia and the West, says the BBC’s Chris Morris in Brussels.’Further destabilisation’

“We stand ready to intensify targeted sanctions and to consider meaningful additional restrictive measures to impose further costs on Russia should events so require.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters: “We can’t afford a further destabilization of Ukraine.

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`UKRAINE CRISIS – DAILY – UPDATE – MAY 15 – MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – DAILY – UPDATE – THURSDAY -MAY 14 

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19:19 GMT:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed the need to cooperate with Russia despite differences in the approach to the events in Ukraine.

“I am convinced that in the medium and long-term, a close partnership with Russia should continue,” Merkel told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The German leader stressed that in dealing with Moscow, “sanctions are not an end in themselves, but if they should become unavoidable, then we will decide on them together” with other countries.

19:03 GMT:

Hundreds of people in Germany booed Chancellor Angela Merkel for her government’s support of the new regime in Kiev, which the protestors labeled a “Nazi” government.

18:29 GMT:

Martial law has been announced in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk. People’s governor Pavel Gubarev has also reminded Kiev that the ultimatum period is expiring.

There is one hour left for the Ukrainian occupants to meet our ultimatum and remove their illegal checkpoints and take their troops and vehicles out of the region’s cities. Otherwise a total destruction will follow,” Gubarev wrote on his Facebook page. “Residents, if you do not get it – we switch to martial law now,” he added.

17:12 GMT:

A household in Slavyansk came under fire from Kiev’s security forces, with the owner filming bullet holes and other damage to his property.

 

14:56 GMT:

The relatives of men who were mobilized by Kiev’s coup-imposed authorities have rallied in front of the military commissariat in Ukraine’s Kharkov region, Gazeta.ru reports.

According to the protesters, their husbands and sons were taken to serve in the army more than 45 days ago, and no decision has been made to release them.

A woman told the website that the men live in poor conditions, adding that they do not have enough water and are barely fed.

Representatives of the military commissariat said they have no idea what must be done to see the men demobilized, and advised the protestors to write a letter directly to the Ministry of Defense in Kiev.

13:33 GMT:

The Ukrainian coat of arms has been removed from the administration building in the city of Makeevka in the Donetsk region.

13:07 GMT:

The reports of the OSCE mission in Ukraine are being “sterilized,”Russian envoy to the organization, Andrey Kelin, told the Itar-Tass news agency.

This is happening due to “extremely heavy pressure” on the mission from the Kiev authorities and “those who put them in power – the US and the EU,” he explained.

12:44 GMT:

Kiev’s decision to shut off the water supply to the Crimean peninsula is “mockery of common sense,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, said.

“We regard this as an irresponsible move, which will be duly despised by the population of Crimea. I want to note that the overlap of the channel will lead to environmental degradation in the Kherson Region and the whole of the Black Sea water area,” Lukashevich stressed.

12:13 GMT:

Three people were killed and three others injured as Ukrainian security forces opened fire on civilian vehicles in the village of Starovarvarovka, not far from the town of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk Region, local self-defense forces said.

A woman has died of two gunshot wounds to the head after the Kiev troops attacked a car with a family on a country road.

In another incident, the security forces shot at a minibus and a car, in which the locals were returning after a fishing outing.

Two young men were killed inside the bus, which the attackers then drove to their base together with the dead bodies.

11:51 GMT:

Despite confirming plans to increase cooperation with Ukraine, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, reminded Kiev that there’s a difference between “being a NATO member and not being one.”

“According to article 5 of the Washington Treaty, collective defense only applies to the member states,” Rasmussen is cited as saying by RIA-Novosti news agency.

NATO also won’t be able to help Ukraine with intelligence and equipment as Kiev should discuss such assistance with specific member states on a bilateral basis, he added.

 

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.(Reuters / Filip Klimaszewski)

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.(Reuters / Filip Klimaszewski)

11:31 GMT:

Ukraine’s acting President Aleksandr Turchinov said Kiev may stop its military crackdown in Donetsk Region if local militias lay down their arms.

“We held consultations with parliamentary party leaders. The Rada may adopt a declaration that would unify MPs. But I declare: the operation may only be stopped after arms are laid down and hostages are released,” he said.

02:28 GMT:

Shots are being fired and explosives are being heard around the compound feed plant on the outskirts of Slavyansk, RIA Novosti reported.

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#AceNewsServices says following the `Lull comes the Storm’…

#AceNewsServices says following the `Lull comes the Storm’ as  Thursday, February 20 news is broken – in and around `Independence Square’

Reports as follows: Courtesy of RT, Reuters,

13:04 GMT:

The European Union is set to back sanctions on those responsible for violence in Ukraine, as well as to impose an arms embargo on the country, according to a draft text of an EU ministerial statement obtained by Reuters.

However, EU officials cautioned that the text is subject to revisions and the final decision will be taken by EU foreign ministers due to meet in Brussels later on Thursday. (Reuters)

13:02 GMT:

Ruptly crew in Kiev. Follow @mkalinowskaa,@zoontangmarg@denice_ruptly@OlgaLozovic and @oskanewportfor updates pic.twitter.com/v5JkTCdsKv

— Ruptly (@Ruptly) February 20, 2014

12:59 GMT:

Ukrainian opposition parties, Fatherland, Freedom and Udar have called on MPs to hold an urgent meeting, an initiative earlier proposed by a number of non-affiliated deputies and some MPs representing the ruling Party of regions. An emergency session might take place at 15:00 (13:00 GMT)

12:32 GMT:

Security forces in central Kiev have been allowed to use firearms as self-defense, the Interior Ministry stated. The weapons may be used in the vicinity of the conservatory building.

“On February 20, from the windows of Kiev conservatory, unknown gunmen opened fire at law-enforcement officials. Aiming to save lives and the health of the security forces, it was decided to relocate the troops to safer spots and according to the current legislation, to use firearms as self-defense,” the statement said.

Eight interior troops and 12 policemen received the firearms.

 

12:26 GMT:

Three policemen died, and over 50 were injured in the clashes in Kiev on Thursday, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry reported. Thirty of the wounded officers sustained gunshot wounds.

12:20 GMT:

UK has summoned the Ukrainian ambassador, calling for an end to the violence in Kiev, which has turned into a bloodbath in less than a day.

12:18 GMT:

Officers of the Berkut special police task force have been armed with combat weapons, announced the press-secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Sergey Burlakov.

“The situation is complicated. Snipers have been targeting our officers. The shooting came from automatic weapons and sniper rifles. We have 29 people wounded, and one officer has died in hospital,” Burlakov said.

The police press-secretary refused to comment on the overall number of victims in the Kiev firefight, saying he only has reliable information for law enforcement victims.

12:08 GMT:

Lviv protesters demand trains to Kiev as they rally in solidarity.http://t.co/CsfrDwGKW4 #euromaidan

— Ruptly (@Ruptly) February 20, 2014

11:45 GMT:

Kiev’s mayor has ordered the city’s metro to start up again. Kiev authorities, headed by Mayor Vladimir Makeenko, stopped operations in Kiev’s underground system on February 18, citing violence in the city and possible terror acts as the reason. After pressure was applied by the Federation of employers of Ukraine, the mayor’s office promised to reopen the metro on Thursday.

11:40 GMT:

#UKRAINE: RT crew blocked in #Kiev hotel amid escalating violence http://t.co/SmDL3FUe51 pic.twitter.com/r5Ol0Y39fm

— RT (@RT_com) 20 февраля 2014

11:27 GMT:

 

PHOTO: Bullet proof vest with a hole after shots fired at@Ruptly crew. READ MORE http://t.co/6OISgMeS07pic.twitter.com/bOzLknZQcK

— RT (@RT_com) February 20, 2014

11:23 GMT:

The offices of the opposition party, Batkivshina, has been set on fire in the southern city of Odessa, with traces of Molotov cocktails and bullet shells found at the scene, a security source told the Unian news agency.

11:22 GMT:

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have talked on the phone about the political crisis in Ukraine which has now turned into an armed rebellion, said the Kremlin press-service.

“The President and the Chancellor have expressed the most serious concern with the worsening confrontation (in Ukraine), which has led to numerous casualties,” the press-service added.

Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of western countries “quitting their accusatory tone towards the Ukrainian leadership and ultimately condemning the opposition forces guilty of setting illicit extremist and terrorist actions.”

Putin and Merkel agreed on taking immediate action towards stabilizing the situation in Ukraine and arranged to keep in contact on the issue.

11:15 GMT:

The staff at the administration of Ukraine’s president, which is situated in downtown Kiev, have been told to go home and remain in contact. The personnel of a number of other governmental agencies have also been evacuated from the conflict zone in the center of the Ukrainian capital. Journalists from Ukraine’s national news agency also left their offices. A team of Russian journalists at the Itar-Tass news agency, situated in the same building, continue to work.

11:12 GMT:

Growing tension is attempt of coup d’etat in #Ukraine – Russian Foreign Ministry http://t.co/61ClrQv8lp

— RT (@RT_com) February 20, 2014

11:06 GMT:

In the last one hour 13 people were announced dead #kiev#protest #maidan #Ruptly

— Katica Durovic (@zoontangmarg) February 20, 2014

11:05 GMT:

The Health Ministry has confirmed that at least 35 people have been killed so far in the violence in Kiev, and another 505 are injured, with 292 of them hospitalized.

10:46 GMT:

Insurgents in Kiev are attacking law enforcement with firearms, including sniper rifles. According to unconfirmed reports, at least 35 people have been killed this morning, RT’s Aleksey Yaroshevsky said from the scene. Opposition snipers have occupied several roofs in downtown Kiev, shooting law enforcement officers – dozens have reportedly been wounded. The core of the armed opposition force is the nationalist Right Sector group. They maintain that the ‘revolution’ will go on ‘to the end’. Reportedly up to 12 police officers have been captured by the rioters.

10:46 GMT:

The leader of the Crimean parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov, claimed that an army of foreign militants are operating in Kiev.

“In fact, according to our estimates, a 5,000-strong well-trained, armed and paid army is warring in the center of Kiev,” Konstantinov said.

10:46 GMT:

Insurgents in Kiev are attacking law enforcement with firearms, including sniper rifles. According to unconfirmed reports, at least 35 people have been killed this morning, RT’s Aleksey Yaroshevsky said from the scene. Opposition snipers have occupied several roofs in downtown Kiev, shooting law enforcement officers – dozens have reportedly been wounded. The core of the armed opposition force is the nationalist Right Sector group. They maintain that the ‘revolution’ will go on ‘to the end’. Reportedly up to 12 police officers have been captured by the rioters.

10:46 GMT:

The leader of the Crimean parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov, claimed that an army of foreign militants are operating in Kiev.

“In fact, according to our estimates, a 5,000-strong well-trained, armed and paid army is warring in the center of Kiev,” Konstantinov said.

10:45 GMT:

The news about law enforcement officers defecting to the radicals en masse are absolutely false, a statement the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine said.

“This is nothing but rumors being spread intentionally by the rioters. The spirit of law enforcement is strong, they are ready to protect the citizens from extremist actions.”

10:44 GMT:

The administration of the president of Ukraine has claimed that“Assurances of opposition leaders about the necessity of the ceasefire and return to dialogue were only a maneuver to buy time to mobilize militants and deliver weapons to Independence Square (central protest site in Kiev)”.

Despite the announced truce, the militants launched a fresh assault on law enforcement at 9:00am on February 20.

“All attempts by the authorities to establish dialogue towards peaceful settlement of the conflict were ignored by militants who went on the offensive. They operate in organized groups, using fire-arms, including sniper rifles, with deadly force.

The law enforcement officers are not armed with firearms and use impact munitions only,” maintains the president’s administration.

10:38 GMT:

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10:34 GMT:
10:30 GMT:

Rioters have assault rifles – reports #ukraine#euromaidan

— Egor Piskunov (@egorpiskunov_RT) February 20, 2014

10:20 GMT:

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Insurgents in Kiev are attacking law enforcement with firearms, including sniper rifles. According to unconfirmed reports, at least 35 people have been killed this morning, RT’s Aleksey Yaroshevsky informed from the scene. Opposition snipers have occupied several roofs in downtown Kiev, shooting law enforcement, dozens have reportedly been wounded. The core of the armed opposition force is the nationalist Right Sector group, that maintained that the ‘revolution’ will go on ‘to the end’. Reportedly up to 12 police officers have been captured by the rioters.

09:59 GMT:
09:56 GMT:

We’ve covered our windows and wearing bulletproof vista inside now, staying safe

— Egor Piskunov (@egorpiskunov_RT) February 20, 2014

10:44 GMT:

The administration of the president of Ukraine has claimed that“Assurances of opposition leaders about the necessity of the ceasefire and return to dialogue were only a maneuver to buy time to mobilize militants and deliver weapons to Independence Square (central protest site in Kiev)”.

Despite the announced truce, the militants launched a fresh assault on law enforcement at 9:00am on February 20.

“All attempts by the authorities to establish dialogue towards peaceful settlement of the conflict were ignored by militants who went on the offensive. They operate in organized groups, using fire-arms, including sniper rifles, with deadly force.

09:43 GMT:

BREAKING: Armed Kiev protesters take over hotel, fire from windows

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"German MP Resigns Amid Accusations that he Leaked Confidential Information about a Fellow Lawmaker"

#AceBreakingNews says a senior German minister resigned on Friday amid accusations he leaked confidential information about a fellow lawmaker suspected of possessing child pornography, dealing a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her two-month old government.

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Deutsch: Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich, Vorsitzender der CSU-Landesgruppe im Deutschen Bundestag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The resignation of Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich could aggravate tensions in Berlin’s new “grand coalition” at a time when it is trying to push through complex reforms of pensions and renewable energy.

“The pressure on me has grown so much in the last couple of hours that I no longer think I can do the job in the agriculture ministry with the required concentration, calm and political support,” Friedrich told a hastily called news conference.

The resignation follows questions about whether Friedrich, a member of Merkel’s Bavarian sister party, inappropriately passed on confidential information about a possible investigation into a prominent Social Democrat (SPD) lawmaker to the leader of his party.

Friedrich was interior minister in the previous centre-right government at the time.

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It emerged this week that the SPD lawmaker, Sebastian Edathy, is the target of an investigation by prosecutors, who suspect him of being in possession of child pornography, an accusation he has vigorously denied.

The 44-year-old Edathy resigned from parliament last week, citing health reasons, and has threatened to sue a newspaper that reported on the probe earlier this week.

What started as a small domestic scandal about a member of parliament erupted into a major political scandal on Thursday when it emerged that Friedrich, who was interior minister until December, had informed SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel in October that Edathy could become the target of a probe.

Gabriel then passed that on to other senior members of his party.

Prosecutors in Hanover, who are investigating Edathy, have complained that the leaking of information about their probe may have compromised their case.

Edathy appears to have been given warning of the investigation, Hanover prosecutor Joerg Froehlich told a news conference on Friday.

As a result, German media have reported, relevant information on Edathy’s computers may have been destroyed. “We’re hopelessly behind,” said Froehlich.

Friedrich has said he believes he acted in accordance with the law by informing the SPD, which was in coalition talks with Merkel’s conservatives at the time and may have considered giving Edathy a senior post in the new government.

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#NSA : “Edward Snowden says `There is No Question US Are Engaged’ in `Economic’ Spying”

#AceSecurityNews says #Edward-Snowden says the `NSA’ are involved in `Industrial Spying ‘ in his `Interview’ with German TV on Saturday.

Published time: January 26, 2014 09:44
Edited time: January 26, 2014 16:05
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The NSA agency is not preoccupied solely with national security, but also spies on foreign industrial entities in US business interests, former American intelligence contractor, Edward Snowden, has revealed in an interview to German TV.

Edward Snowden chose the German ARD broadcaster to make his first TV interview ever since he became a whistleblower. The interview was made in strict secrecy in an unspecified location in Russia, where Snowden is currently living under temporary asylum.

“There is no question that the US is engaged in economic spying,” said Snowden, from a teaser aired late on Saturday. 
If an industrial giant like Siemens has something that the NSA believes “would be beneficial to the national interests, not the national security, of the United States, they will go after that information and they’ll take it,” the whistleblower said, giving an example.

Reuters / Tobias SchwarzReuters / Tobias Schwarz

Edward Snowden disavowed participation in any future publications of the documents he withdrew from the NSA data banks, saying in the same interview that he no longer possesses any NSA data. The information has been distributed among a number of trustworthy journalists, who are going to decide for themselves what to make public and in what sequence.

The full 30-minute version will be aired at 11pm local time (22:00 UTC) on Sunday right after prime-time talk show, ‘Günther Jauch’.

The former NSA contractor’s revelations about US global spying activities, including snooping on its closest allies, put transatlantic ties “to the test,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel last November and demanded that Washington give Germany clarity over the future of the NSA in the country.

Snowden’s revelation hit Berlin particularly hard because Germany is a non-Anglophone country, and therefore is not a member of the ‘Five eyes’ intelligence alliance that incorporates NSA-equivalent agencies in Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Deutsche Welle points out. While members of the ‘Five eyes’ were exchanging intelligence on a regular basis, Berlin had to consider itself satisfied with less data, while both Washington and London, for example, were blatantly listening to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone right in the middle of Germany’s capital.

The Germans – according to polls – have lost confidence in the US as a trustworthy partner, and the majority of them consider NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden a hero.

In order to mend fences, US President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on German TV. On January 18 President Obama told the ZDF TV channel that “As long as I’m president of the United States, the chancellor of Germany will not have to worry about this.”

Yet Germany remains skeptical about US promises of discontinuing spying on foreign leaders, and is in the vanguard of a number of European countries aiming to change data privacy rules in the EU.

Former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, remains in Russia, where his temporary political asylum status could be extended every year. He has no plans for returning to the US where he would face trial for alleged treason.

“Returning to the US, I think, is the best resolution for the government, the public, and myself, but it’s unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistleblower protection laws, which through a failure in law did not cover national security contractors like myself,” said Snowden during his public Q&A session last Thursday.

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Author and Investigative Journalist Wayne Madsen says US and UK Government Spying is Nothing New

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The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency. The first use was in September 1966, replacing an older seal which was used briefly. For more information, see here and here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The US and British governments’ spying on the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is nothing new, says American author and investigative journalist Wayne Madsen.

Based on documents obtained from former intelligence contractor #Edward-Snowden, German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Monday that the US National Security Agency and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters are both spying on OPEC.

According to the documents obtained by Der Spiegel, the NSA and the GCHQ have infiltrated OPEC’s computer systems to access an internal study in the organization’s research division.

“The National Security Agency and the GCHQ, its British counterpart, are very much involved in surveillance to get a hold of economic and political intelligence,” said Madsen in a phone interview with Press TV on Wednesday.

“So, why would they be interested in OPEC? Well, they’ve always been interested in OPEC. OPEC was the target for the NSA and the GCHQ surveillance way back in the 70s during the oil embargos by the Arab members of the OPEC organization. They want to know what the plans are for price increases or production increases. This is why the listen in on OPEC,” he added.

Documents after documents disclosed by Snowden since June have shed some light on the scope and scale of US spying activities across the globe.

Some documents showed that US spy agencies hacked into the computer systems of other countries’ diplomatic missions.

A model of the GCHQ headquarters in Cheltenham

A model of the GCHQ headquarters in Cheltenham (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The leaked documents also revealed that Washington has eavesdropped on phone calls of at least 35 world leaders including that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one of Europe’s most influential leaders.

Cortesy of: PressTV, Der Speigel,

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Angela Merkel’s Phone Tapping has been going on since 2002 #NSA

The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency....

The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency. The first use was in September 1966, replacing an older seal which was used briefly. For more information, see here and here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PRESS TV: The United States has monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s telephone conversations for more than 10 years, a report says.

The German weekly Der Spiegel said in a report published on Saturday that the magazine had seen secret documents from the US National Security Agency (NSA) which show that Merkel’s mobile phone had been listed by the agency’s Special Collection Service (SCS) since 2002.

The report adds that the German chancellor’s mobile number was still on a surveillance list in June 2013.

On Friday, the German government said its intelligence chiefs would visit Washington soon to probe the spying controversy.

Government spokesperson Georg Streiter said that the heads of Germany’s foreign and domestic intelligence would hold meetings with the officials from the White House and the NSA.

He did not provide an exact date for the trip, saying it was being set on “relatively short notice.”

“What exactly is going to be regulated, how and in what form it will be negotiated and by whom, I cannot tell you right now,” he stated. “But you will learn about it in the near future because we have put some pressure to do this speedily.”

Meanwhile, US National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said the Germans would be welcomed, but did not explain how Washington would deal with the anger felt by the European country over tapping its leader’s phone conversations.

 

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