The espionage of European officials by the American services aided by Denmark would be “extremely serious” if it were true, estimated on Monday the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, the day after the revelations by European media .
“It is extremely serious, we must check whether our EU partners, the Danes, have committed errors or mistakes in their cooperation with the American services (…). And then on the American side, see if indeed there has been (…) listening, spying on political leaders, ”he declared on France Info, not ruling out the idea of“ draw the consequences in terms of cooperation ”with the United States.
“We are not in a world of Care Bears, so this kind of behavior, unfortunately, can happen, we will verify it,” he said.
“Between allies, there must be trust, minimal cooperation, so these potential facts are serious, we must verify them, and then draw the consequences in terms of cooperation”.
Angela Merkel among executives being spied on
The United States spied on politicians in Europe from 2012 to 2014 with the help of Danish intelligence services, Danish and European media reported on Sunday. Angela Merkel, then German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and then opposition leader Peer Steinbruck were among those the NSA spied on, according to DR.
Danish public broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR) reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) tapped into Danish telecommunications cables to spy on prominent officials and senior officials in Germany, Sweden, Norway and France. The NSA was able to access text messages, phone calls and internet traffic, including searches, chats and messaging services, according to DR. To achieve this, the NSA has benefited from a surveillance collaboration with the Danish military intelligence service FE.
This spy case, if it is confirmed, occurred during and after the Snowden affair, in 2013. NSA employee turned whistleblower, Edward Snowden then revealed the existence of a surveillance system global communications and internet campaign targeting Germans in particular and the Chancellor’s cell phone in particular.
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