Concerns of a possible Russian hacking into the 2016 presidential election, as well as other actions Russia may have taken to spy on the United States has dominated the media headlines for the past several months.
While these actions are indeed worrying, what is perhaps even more troubling are new reports that Germany, an ally of the United States, alleged spied on the White House for many years.
According to an exclusive report from Der Spiegel, the German publication was shown documents proving that between 1998 and 2006 the German intelligence agency, BND, spied on hundreds of targets in the United States, ranging from universities to the White House.
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The documents, which have not been made public so were not independently verified, allegedly show that Germany used roughly 4,000 “search terms” to target various American agencies.
If this report is true, it is highly unlikely that this spying was an accident since it spanned much of the federal government.
The documents Der Spiegel reviewed only covered between 1998 and 2006, so it is unclear if Germany has continued its spying on America, or if they stopped after 2006.
Whatever the case, this is a truly bizarre development. After all, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel is very famous for her line, “Spying among friends, that isn’t done,” after it was revealed that the National Security Agency was spying on her. (CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE)