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United States denies Merkel access to her own NSA files

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Published Apr 10, 2014, 10:13 am IST
Updated Apr 8, 2019, 1:00 am IST
United States has not revealed the relevant information to the German government
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Berlin: Germany’s interior ministry reportedly approached the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) last October to ask for the file’s content, amid revelations the NSA had been tapping the Chancellor’s mobile phone, Germany’s The Local said in one of its reports.

But in a written response to parliamentary questions from the Green Party, the German government said, “The United States has not revealed the relevant information to the German government.”

 

Green Party foreign policy spokesman Omid Nouripour wanted to know whether the Chancellor had requested access to the documents produced by the NSA while they were spying on her phone, whether the US government has revealed details about the transcripts and whether Ms Merkel was considering pushing for the files to be destroyed, the report revealed.  

The German government did not respond to the question of whether it had asked for the files to be destroyed, but it had received no answer for its request to see the file, the Sächsische Zeitung reported on Wednesday. Edward Snowden revealed in October that Ms Merkel’s phone was being tapped.    

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