Allies US and German spooks cooped up in a windowless structure dubbed the Tin Can have been found secretly spying on each other. The revelations reveal the absurdity of a secret agreement between spy agencies, the NSA and the BND, to operate from a former US base in Bad Aibling, Germany, that was in 2004 handed over to German control. There the spy agencies could ostensibly monitor communications from governments and organisations throughout Western Europe, with an agreement to not spy on each other, and established the Joint Sigint Activity and Joint Analysis Center for data acquisition and analysis. In October national news digger Der Spiegel reported the NSA broke that agreement and spied on the German Government, and may have conducted economic espionage right under the nose of the BND. Now, Spiegel says the BND spied back on US Government diplomatic outposts and agencies, along with a host of other countries and non-governmental institutions. Also on the BND menu were Britain, EU member states, the Vatican, and the Red Cross and Oxfam. Targets are determined through the agencies use of email keyword selector searches The BND is also reported to have intercepted communications from the United States’ Department of […]
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