German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are seeking clarification from Copenhagen and Washington on reports that the US intelligence agency NSA is spying on European allies with the help of Denmark.
“If the reports are true, it is not acceptable among allies, it is very low between European partners and allies,” Macron said after Monday’s Franco-German summit. Macrol said he could only join Macron.
“There is no doubt between us,” Macron said. So we expect complete clarity. We have asked our Danish and US allies to provide full information on those revelations and we look forward to their response. ”
Merkel added that she had been assured by the Defense Minister that the Danish government had already expressed its views on the reports. “It’s a good foundation that not only clarifies the facts, but also builds a relationship of trust.”
The activities of the NSA have long been known, including the hands of former freelance NSA employee Edward Snowden. Based on his leaks, it was already revealed in the fall of 2013 that a cellphone owned by Merkel had been tapped by the NSA for several years. This led to years of deep mistrust between Berlin and Washington.
The Danish public broadcaster began a story on Sunday that, along with Danish intelligence, the NSA, Merkel and other European figures were spying from Sweden, Norway and France at least until 2014. The NSA used the European network of Internet cables, the most important of which are located in Denmark.