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Bild newspaper revealed on Monday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office had known since 1998 that Germany's secret agence BND had been assisting American's NSA with economic espionage for the NSA but did not prevent it due to its anti-terror cooperation with the US.
The top official at the chancellery at the time was Thomas de Maizière, who is now Germany's interior minister and the Bild claimed that it had sighted two documents sent to the chancellery in 2008 and 2010, with specific references to NSA attempts to tap phones and intercept emails.
It was only in the summer of 2013, after Edward Snowden's revelations of massive NSA and GCHQ surveillance, that the BND finally started an inquiry into all the selectors that had been processed. Germany has set up a parliamentary commission to look into the scandal, which broke last Thursday on 23rd April when German weekly Der Spiegel revealed that the BND tapping European companies' and individuals' phones and emails on order for the NSA for several years.
Bild claimed that it had sighted two documents sent to the chancellery in 2008 and 2010, with specific references to NSA attempts to tap phones and intercept emails, with the top official at the chancellery at the time being Thomas de Miaziere who is now Germany's interior minister.
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