World Bulletin / News Desk
After revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency tapped the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone caused a diplomatic crisis between Germany and the United States, relations between Germany and the Britain also look set to take a tumble after the Independent newspaper revealed that the U.K. was secretly using its embassy in Berlin as a listening post.
Former NSA employee Edward Snowden , who is now living in asylum in Russia after fleeing from the U.S., leaked documents claiming that Britain’s GCHQ is working together with the NSA to spy on other countries around the world from electronic listening posts set up in embassy buildings.
By way of apology, it is believed that the U.S. shut down its listening post in Berlin last week, but revealed documents containing aerial photographs and information about past spying activities in Germany looks likely to further strain weakened ties between Germany and the Anglo-American alliance.
“If GCHQ runs a listening post on the top of the UK’s Berlin embassy, it is clearly targeting politicians and journalists. Do these people pose a threat? ” said German MEP Jan Albrecht to The Independent. “The EU has asked David Cameron’s Government to explain the activities of GCHQ in Europe but it has declined to do so, saying it does not comment on activities in the interest of national security. This is hardly in the spirit of European co-operation. We are not enemies,” he added.
When asked about the allegation of data interception using hi-tech equipment from the embassy roof, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesperson refused to comment. The listening post is believed to be in a white, cylindrical tent-like structure which cannot be easily seen from the streets and is believed to have been there since the year 2000. It is capable of tapping into communications via mobile phone and wi-fi signals across Berlin, including from government buildings nearby.Last Mod: 05 Kasım 2013, 11:50