Germany wants to question NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden following revelations that the US monitored the mobile phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Berlin appears to have ruled out bringing Snowden to Germany amid extradition concerns.
Snowden has made it clear he will not provide Germany with any information from Russia and seeks sanctuary in a “democratic country”.
Thomas Oppermann, head of the SPD group in the Bundestag sees complications with Snowden coming to Germany: “We cannot invite Snowden to Germany, you cannot rule out extradition.”
Last week opposition politician Hans-Christian Stroebele met with Snowden in Moscow and said the decision to invite him to Germany rests with Germany and Germany alone:“Of course you can guarantee the security of Mr Snowden with the German authorities, the only thing needed is the will.”
Revelations that the US spied on Germany caused outrage which has since been exacerbated amid allegations that Britain also eavesdropped on its EU ally from its embassy close to the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of the German capital.
On Tuesday the British ambassador was summoned to the foreign ministry to answer reports that the British ran a covert spying operation based on the roof of the embassy.