The Danish intelligence service helped the United States spy on European politicians, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel from 2012 to 2014, according to a Danish press report.
The Danish Defense Intelligence Service (FE) collaborated with the US National Security Agency (NSA) to collect information, according to a report by Danish Radio Denmark.
Data were collected on employees from Germany, France, Sweden and Norway, according to the report.
Similar allegations already surfaced in 2013.
At the time, secrets leaked by US detective Edward Snowden indicated that the German chancellor had been tapped on her phone.
When the allegations came out, the White House had not completely denied them, but said that Merkel’s phone had not been bugged at the time and would not be wiretapped in the future.
Germany is a close ally of the United States.
In a new report shared with several European news outlets, the NSA is reported to have accessed text messages and phone conversations from a number of prominent Europeans through collaborations with FE Danes.
The alleged configuration, which the report dubbed “Operation Dunhammer,” allowed the NSA to obtain data using politicians’ phone numbers as search criteria, according to Radio Denmark.
The report comes after an investigation conducted by the radio which included interviews with nine sources. Everyone had access to FE’s confidential information.
Together with Merkel, then German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the opposition leader at the time, Per Steinbrueck, could have been targeted.
“The systematic eavesdropping on close allies is unacceptable,” Danish Defense Minister Tren Bramsen, who was reported to have previously reported the espionage, told Radio Denmark.
Neither FE nor the NSA has yet commented on recent reports.
After news of the report on Sunday, Snowden accused US President Joe Biden of “being deeply involved in this scandal the first time.” [que ele surgiu]Biden was the Vice President of the United States at the time the reported surveillance took place.
“There should be an explicit requirement for full public disclosure not only from Denmark, but also from its main partner,” he tweeted, referring to the US government.
In 2013, Snowden – a former CIA service provider – leaked details of extensive Internet and phone surveillance by CIA to the press.
Then the United States accused him of stealing government property, unauthorized access to national defense information and deliberate contact of classified communications intelligence.
Snowden later sought refuge in Russia.
Before the evidence he uncovered, senior U.S. intelligence officials publicly insisted that the NSA had never intentionally collected data from private phone records.
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