Germany launches criminal investigation into Merkel’s NSA wiretap - report
MOSCOW, June 4 (RAPSI) – The Attorney General of Germany Harald Range will conduct a criminal investigation into the alleged tapping of chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone by the US National Security Agency, German daily Local writes on Wednesday.
According to the documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA monitored the telephone conversations of Chancellor Angela Merkel and other members of the German political and economic elite.
According to the leaks, NSA had carried out surveillance on chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone for more than 10 years, and that her cell phone number had been on a special list of an NSA unit known as the Special Collection Service (SCS), since 2002.
In May members of the German parliamentary commission, which is investigating the US National Security Agency’s questionable activity, wanted the heads of US high-tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Google, to testify to the Bundestag.