A secret report suggests that Germany’s national intelligence agency, the BND, collected information about top French officials on behalf of the United States.

The BBC reports:

The BND reportedly collected information on European firms at Washington’s behest to check if they were breaking trade embargos. According to the reports, the BND did not target German or US officials in the surveillance, as they are protected by a BND-NSA agreement signed in 2002.

However, it has emerged that the German government knew about NSA spying on European arms businesses as early as 2008. The government found “shortcomings” in the BND’s operations, German TV reports.

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–Posted by Jenna Berbeo

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