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Germany drops mass US, UK spying probe

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By Euronews
Germany drops mass US, UK spying probe

<p>Prosecutors in Germany said on Thursday they had dropped their investigation into suspected phone tapping by British and US spies due to lack of evidence.</p> <p>The decision comes four years after whistle-blower Edward Snowden accused the US National Security Agency (<span class="caps">NSA</span>) of bugging Chancellor Angela Merkel’s private cell phone and massively spying on citizens of allied countries.</p> <p>Prosecutors in Karlsruhe said although the U.S. surveillance techniques were known to German intelligence agencies, there was no evidence of them being used to target Germany.</p> <p>Further allegations in 2015 suggested Germany’s foreign intelligence agency had even helped the <span class="caps">NSA</span> spy on European companies and politicians for years.</p> <p>The various claims had shocked Germans —surveillance being a particularly touchy subject for a nation that was spied on during the Nazi era and in Communist-ruled East Germany.</p>