U.S. National Security Agency – German intelligence service

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Snowden reveals NSA partnership with German intelligence service: report

BERLIN, July 8, 2013 (Xinhua) — The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) worked closely with the German intelligence service, whistleblower Edward Snowden told German magazine Der Spiegel in a recent interview.

He alleged that German intelligence knew more about NSA activities in the country than previously known.

Snowden said NSA was “in bed together with the Germans” as well as most other western states, adding that NSA’s “foreign affairs’ directorate” was responsible for partnerships with other countries.

The interview, published on Sunday, was carried out before he fled to Hong Kong in May.

Germany’s foreign intelligence service (BND) confirmed a partnership with the NSA in providing “analysis tools” for the BND’s monitoring of foreign data in Germany.

Snowden said government decision-makers were protected by these cooperation programs which are organized in a way so that authorities in other countries can “insulate their political leaders from the backlash” if it becomes public “how grievously they’re violating global privacy.”

A recent report by Der Spiegel, citing classified documents disclosed by fugitive Snowden, said Washington was monitoring phone calls and Internet data connections in Germany as well as spying on the headquarters of the European Union and its offices in Washington and the United Nations in New York.

The report sparked widespread outcry in privacy-sensitive Germany. The German government has said that Berlin felt surprised and “alienated” by media reports of cold-war-style U.S. spying on European nations. “We are no longer in the Cold War,” a government spokesman said.

U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed last Wednesday to hold a high-level bilateral meeting over U.S. surveillance programs.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-07/08/c_132522774.htm

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I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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