Germany Refuses to Say if Cooperation With Danish Intel Will Continue Over US Spy Claims

Danish Radio claimed this weekend that Denmark’s Defence Intelligence Service had secretely cooperated with the US National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on senior officials in neighbouring states, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Germany’s cabinet is not ready to confirm whether it will continue to cooperate with Danish intelligence agencies over recent reports about espionage against European politicians. 

“As a matter of principle, and you already know this, I would ask you to understand that the federal government does not openly comment on matters concerning intelligence activities,” Seibert added. 

Danish state broadcaster DR earlier reported that America’s National Security Agency had cooperated with Denmark’s Defence Intelligence Service to spy on top Swedish, German and Norwegian politicians from 2012 to 2014, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and then-German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. A media investigation conducted by Germany’s broadcasters NDR, WDR and Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper unveiled a similar accusation against the Danish spy agency. 

Danish Defence Minister Trine Bramsen said that Copenhagen will not comment on “media speculations” about alleged espionage.

“The position of the Danish government is clear — systematic attacks on our close allies are unacceptable. This is an established principle followed by the Danish authorities,” the minister added. 

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