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NSA spied on Germany’s Schroeder over Iraq War opposition - report

Published time: February 04, 2014 20:26
Edited time: February 04, 2014 22:45
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (AFP Photo)

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (AFP Photo)

The US eavesdropped on former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder over his staunch criticism of the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, says a new report by German journalists.

Schroeder was added to the NSA espionage targets list as number 388 by 2002, Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and NDR revealed in their reports on Tuesday.

Media quoted unnamed US government officials and "NSA insiders” who saw Snowden documents.

Schroeder told Sueddeutsche Zeitung that he was not surprised by the report.

The paper added that NSA spying involved not only the detection of connection data, but also written and spoken communications.

In 2002, Schroeder and his Social Democratic party parted with America's views, stating at the beginning of its election campaign that Germany would not provide troops or money for an invasion of Iraq.

The party made a promise that it would stay out of the war, even if it was approved by the UN.

“We are ready [to give] solidarity. But this country under my leadership is not available for adventure,” Schroeder said in August 2002.

"We didn't shy away from offering international solidarity in the fight against international terrorism. We did it because we were, and are, convinced that it is necessary; because we knew that the security of our partners is also our security. But we say this with equal self-confidence: we're not available for adventures, and the time of checkbook diplomacy is over once and for all,” he added.

Der Spiegel previously revealed that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone has been on an NSA target list since 2002 and is code-named “GE Chancellor Merkel.”

In the NSA's Special Collection Service (SCS) document cited by the magazine in October 2013, the agency said it has a "not legally registered spying branch" in the US embassy in Berlin. It also warned that its exposure would lead to “grave damage for the relations of the United States to another government.”

Using the spying branch, NSA and CIA staff have tapped communications in Berlin's government district with high-tech surveillance.

According to a secret document from 2010, such branches exist in about 80 locations around the world, including Paris, Madrid, Rome, Prague, Geneva, and Frankfurt.

Comments (24)


Blackberry 06.02.2014 07:42

SoiCowboy 05.02.2014 04:56

Germany is better off as an American colony. Russia will soon be better off as an American colony, too.


America is on it's last legs pal.

What planet are you from?


starstuff 06.02.2014 00:58

Germany doesn't need protection from anyone. Perhaps it is time for Germany to break apart from NATO, it is a waste of money in military equipment.

Who is going to attack Germany? PogoPogo? Iran? Russia? Mars? GET REAL abandon this military madness and focus on what you do best cars, airplanes and manufactured products.

L ooks like Germany has more to fear the US than Russia or Mars.


Vlada 05.02.2014 12:54

In WW2 both UK and the US have broken into German and Japan secret communication codes, and, consequence, throughout the whole WW2 they knew in advance for many planned steps of their enemies. For example, in the battle of Midway they knew instantly where the Japan aircraft carriers were located. Both US and UK have won the war because Germany and Japan were "open books" for them. Accordingly, US/UK are fully aware how important it is to know the thoughts of potential enemies and the NSA spying will surely not stop, but will only intensify. Germans and Russians do not have such a tradition in electronic surveillance.

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