Probe Against Alleged NSA Wiretapping of Merkel’s Phone Calls Dropped

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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After documents that claimed the NSA had been tapping into German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s person phone calls leaked in October 2013, an investigation by German prosecutors has come to an end with no evidence that the spying actually occurred.

Shortly after the story broke, there was an immediate tension between Merkel and President Obama, leading to Obama placing a personal phone call to the German Chancellor assuring her that the claims were false. Those tensions eased up a bit when the conflict between Russia and Ukraine required the two leaders to put their personal issues to rest.

The NSA rarely has clear records on what they are doing when it comes to operations like the alleged wiretapping, so it is believed that the allegations were done based off of possibly misinterpreted documents.

This weeks ruling to end the probe may not prove 100-percent that the wiretapping did not occur, so there will surely be skeptics. The German government however just did not find any definitive evidence that would show the NSA tapping into personal calls made by Merkel.

 

Source: Vox
Photo: Medienmagazin pro [Flickr] 

Stephen Fuchs
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