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German Lawmakers Block 2 Surveillance Operations Amid Spying Row - Reports

Sputnik News

18:07 04.06.2015(updated 18:12 04.06.2015)

A German parliamentary commission overseeing activities of the German spying agency BND stopped two intelligence operations at home after the government failed to provide the lawmakers with the list of US surveillance targets in Europe, the German TV Channel ARD reported Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In April, an espionage scandal gripped Germany as media uncovered that the BND had provided technical assistance to the US National Security Agency (NSA) in spying on European targets, including political figures and corporations.

On Tuesday, the commission gave the German government a June 3 ultimatum to provide access to the full list of US intelligence targets. When the government missed the date, the BND operations were stopped, and the service was prohibited to use reconnaissance communications during its operations.

The US service reportedly passed at least 800,000 IP addresses, phone numbers and email addresses to the BND for monitoring, according to the commission.

In May, Berlin sent the United States a technical cooperation inquiry over the case. Washington has not currently replied to it, German media reported.

In 2013, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the agency had been gathering data on Europeans, including top officials and businesses, for years. Shortly after the scandal, Germany said that the United States suggested talks on reaching a "no-spy" pact.


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