The United States spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and several ministers from her cabinet, Wikileaks said on Wednesday.
Classified documents published by the Wikileaks have revealed details of espionage against the German government by the United States National Security Agency (NSA).
The NSA conducted surveillance operations on Merkel and several German ministers, the Wikileaks documents showed.
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The US closely monitored Merkel’s conversation with her personal assistant about the Greek financial crisis, a classified document read. The communication was then shared with “Five Eyes” alliance — the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Germany’s Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel was monitored by the NSA, with 69 other officials in the German government, the documents indicated.
Another document said the British spy agency, GCHQ, spied on the German government, intercepting a European Union bailout plan for Greece.
“Today’s publication further demonstrates that the United States’ economic espionage campaign extends to Germany and to key European institutions and issues such as the EU Central Bank and the crisis in Greece,” Wikileaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said.
Following the leaks, Germany named a former judge as special investigator to inspect the revelations.
The latest documents coincide with the previous revelations by an ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden. Snowden suggested in February that the NSA began monitoring Merkel in 2002 and her mobile phone was tracked until 2014.
On June 24, the Wikileaks published another set of documents suggesting that the US spied on the last three French presidents among many other high-ranking French government officials.
The documents said the NSA intercepted communications of French Presidents Francois Hollande, Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac as well as French cabinet ministers.
The NSA also spied on 122 world leaders, intercepting their communications, the Snowden documents revealed.
Merkel faces harsh criticism at home where her critics argue that she has failed to respond to US spying more aggressively.