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Austria wants clarification about interception activities by the German intelligence service

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Archive view from a German demonstration against interception activities of the German intelligence service BND and the NSA (2015)

The Austrian government wants from Germany a comprehensive statement on revelations that the German intelligence service BND for years, systematically in the Alpenrepubliek the government and businesses would be monitored. “The size of the afluisterprakrijken was huge,” said bondkanselier Sebastian Kurz.

The Austrian federal President, Alexander Van der Call said Saturday at a joint press conference with the government that spying among friendly states not only unusual and undesirable, but also unacceptable.”

The findings about the BND-practices are in principle not new, but the details are downright irritating, stated the politicians.

The first suspicions cease, already in 2014 the head, said Kurz. In 2016, Germany had legally regulated, that spying among friends was to be discontinued. Austria would now like to know who was bugged and when inspections were terminated. ‘And it also need to be sure that they were terminated’.

If data were stored, who should be destroyed, he demanded. As new information was obtained, possibly the Public Ministry in Austria to be turned on.

The BND would be between 1999 and 2006 systematically telecommunications of central institutions in Austria, monitored, reported Saturday, the Austrian news magazine Profil and the newspaper Der Standard. On the basis of internal BND-files, it became clear that in that period a total of 2,000 telephone-, fax – and mobile connections, in addition to e-mail addresses, the target of the German intelligence service have been.

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