The Americans requested it in a partnership agreement.
The US National Security Agency (NSA), with the help of Denmark, has collected data on several European leaders, including Angela Merkel About the German Chancellor – Writes Reuters reported the Danish public service d.
According to an investigation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United States requested information on Swedish, Norwegian, French and German heads of state under an association agreement with the Danes between 2012 and 2014 — as well as Merkel, for example. Frank Walter Steinmeier Former German Foreign Minister and former German opposition leader, Steinbruckről . analogue. According to the chancellery, they also only found out when DR journalists called, but they did not want to comment on the case.
Reuters notes that Denmark, known as a close ally of the United States, has several data cables running on the sea floor with stations in Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, meaning that information transmitted through them passes through Denmark. for the recipient.
Per Steinbrueck, in a statement to the German TV channel ARD, described the case of friendly intelligence services spying on leaders of other countries as hideous. Sweden’s defense minister conducted a full investigation into two cases, and Norway’s foreign minister said they were taking DR’s allegations seriously.
An internal investigation into the Danish Defense Service began in 2015 after the previous year in the United States Edward Snowden Leaked information about the work of the National Security Agency. The defense chief and three of his employees were also suspended last summer after an independent investigation revealed serious problems. Results of another study are expected this year.