Senior German politician wants inquiry into UK spying at secret Berlin listening post
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Wednesday 06 November 2013
A senior German politician has called for formal investigations by the country’s police and intelligence agencies into allegations that Britain is operating a secret listening post from its Berlin embassy.
Thomas Oppermann, who chairs the German parliament’s intelligence committee, said it had asked law enforcement agencies and the security services to investigate whether a “crime” has taken place following concerns of British spying raised by The Independent.
Revelations of embassy-based eavesdropping in Berlin by America’s National Security Agency and suspicions that Britain’s GCHQ may also have followed suit have struck a raw nerve in Germany, where memories of snooping by the Nazis and the Stasi still linger.
German media has widely reported revelations Britain operates a network of listening posts from diplomatic premises, and concern had been raised about a structure on the roof of British embassy, within a few hundred metres of the Bundestag.
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