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'Germany spied on Kerry, Clinton'

Posted on Aug 16 2014 | IANS

Berlin, Aug 16 : Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by US Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German media reports said Saturday.

The BND tapped a satellite phone conversation Kerry made in 2013 as part of its surveillance of telecommunications in the Middle East and also recorded a conversation between Clinton and then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan a year earlier, Germany's Der Spiegel and Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reported, according to Xinhua.

The three officials were reportedly not directly targeted with phone calls collected by accident within the context of other operations.

In addition, the media in Saturday's report also cited a confidential 2009 BND document listing fellow NATO member Turkey as a target for German intelligence gathering.

If true, the revelations would be embarrassing for the German government, which has spent months complaining to Washington about alleged American spy activities in Germany.

In July, the German government asked the representative of the US intelligence agencies in Berlin to leave Germany as consequence of a latest US spy row. Great anger was sparked in Germany due to reports that the US intelligence had led two employees of German authorities as spies.

Last year, revelations of US data gathering practices by Edward Snowden, especially allegations about the tapping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone, have led to explicit criticism in Germany and strained relations between Germany and the US.

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