Probe into NSA spying dropped in Germany

German Prosecutors End Probe into NSA Spy Claims Leaked by Snowden

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden shocked the world when he lifted the veil on the extensive spy operations being led by the NSA, both domestic and foreign, and despite being considered one of its strongest allies, the German government was said to have been a high-profile target with wiretapping and more. The news naturally led to a serious internal investigation in Germany, and on Thursday German prosecutors released the findings of their multi-year investigation — no evidence was found.

With no concrete evidence pointing to a U.S. spy operation, authorities have decided to drop the controversial case. According to the statement released by German prosecutors, “the prosecutors’ investigations and the investigation by the NSA parliamentary committee have found no tangible evidence that U.S. or British intelligence agencies undertook systematic and mass surveillance of German telecommunications and internet (usage) that is against the law”.

Does dropping the case cast doubt on the validity of Snowden’s leaks? The results, or lack thereof, only prove that prosecutors were unable to find the evidence, trusting on already known surveillance techniques. Could something have been missed? Could the U.S. and the NSA be using new spying technology that German spy agencies have not yet perfected? In today’s world, we just never know.

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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