There is a new twist in the spy row between Washington and Berlin. It is being claimed that the current US Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton were eavesdropped on by the German foreign intelligence agency BND.
Reportedly the BND “accidently” listened in on a couple of their phone calls as they were actually targeting the Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan.
The revelation that the Germans spied on Turkey – a NATO ally – came in the magazine Der Spiegel and brought a demand for an explanation from the head of the parliamentary committee that oversees the intelligence service.
Bundestag Security Committee chair Wolfgang Bosbach also lamented that Washington would now seize on this report: “If it’s true that they monitored Secretary of State Clinton and later John Kerry by accident as a “by product” then that is not the same as the NSA’s mass surveillance. Nevertheless this news is a godsend for the Americans. They’ll say: ‘OK, these Germans complain bitterly about our monitoring practices, and they do it themselves’.”
A BND spokeswoman told Reuters Germany was not tapping the phones of allied countries and said the United States was not a target.
“Any accidental recordings are deleted immediately,” she added.