NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday asked for transparency on the spy scandal involving Denmark and the United States. Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron called for clarification.
“The countries involved in this case are NATO allies and we need to put all the facts on the table and find out what really happened,” Stoltenberg told Danish radio broadcaster DR. According to him, the case has cast a dark light on Denmark, but hope within NATO remains intact.
On Sunday, a string of DR and German media outlets reported that the US spy agency NSA had spied on several European allies with the help of Denmark. As of 2014, the NSA, along with Danish intelligence, has reportedly misrepresented several European politicians, including Merkel and Macron. The NSA used a European network of Internet cables, the most important of which is located in Denmark.
The activities of the NSA, including whistleblower Edward Snowden, have long been known. 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 deep mistrust between Berlin and Washington.