According to the German press, Denmark helped Washington spy on Merkel. New information indicates that the Danish intelligence services supported the US National Security Agency eavesdropping on the German Chancellor’s mobile phone during Obama’s term.
New revelations surrounding the US “friendly” spy scandal on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European politicians compromise Denmark, whose secret services apparently contributed to those activities.
According to coincident information from the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung and the public televisions NDR and WDR, the Danish espionage helped the US National Security Agency (NSA) to carry out wiretaps on the mobile phones of Merkel and her then Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, current German president.
The scandal over these wiretaps came to the fore in 2013 and tarnished relations between the two great transatlantic allies, Berlin and Washington.
Merkel expressed her displeasure to the then president, Democrat Barack Obama, calling it “unacceptable spying among friends.”
Successive journalistic revelations brought to light these practices, which the NSA had been carrying out since the 1990s and which also affected other European leaders, as well as the European Central Bank (ECB).
According to new information, Denmark was aware of these activities and presumably cooperated with the United States to carry them out.
The issue compromises that country, in its dual condition as a neighbor of Germany and a partner of the European Union (EU), the aforementioned media point out.
Their cooperation with the NSA made it possible not only to eavesdrop on Merkel’s mobile phone but also on other leaders of the Nordic countries, such as Sweden and Norway.