Germany has ordered surveillance of British and American intelligence gathering on its soil to begin for the first time since 1945, according to reports.
Under the decision, US and British intelligence operations in Germany will be subject to the same counter-espionage measures as those of Russia, China and Iran.
“We need to send a strong signal,” a source close to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government told Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. The unprecedented move is a direct response to a series of spy scandals that have rocked British and American relations with Germany in the past year.
Mrs Merkel’s government has given the go-ahead to surveillance plans that first emerged after two suspected double agents were found allegedly spying for the Americans inside the German security establishment a few weeks ago.
Germany has asked the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country over the double agent affair – an almost unheard of rebuke between allies.
The new measures go still further, and will bring to an end decades of cooperation that date back to the Cold War, when West German, British and American intelligence worked together against the Soviet Union.
From now on, the BND, Germany’s equivalent of MI5, will extend its surveillance and counter-espionage operations to all foreign intelligence agencies operating on German soil.
But Mrs Merkel’s government has stopped short of a full retaliation, and ruled out its own spying operations in the US.
Full article: Germany to ‘spy on US and UK intelligence gathering’ for the first time in 45 years (The Telegraph)