German spies revive internet snooping work with USA

Berlin, January 9

Germany’s BND intelligence agency has resumed joint internet surveillance with the US National Security Agency after halting collaboration with Washington last year following a row over spying practices, German media reported.

Last May, German intelligence sources told Reuters that the BND had stopped sending the NSA information gathered from its surveillance station in Bad Aibling in Bavaria.

That move, which followed allegations the BND had helped the NSA spy on European officials and firms, strained German-US relations and created divisions within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government.

German newspapers yesterday said that collaborations at the Bad Aibling station have been resumed and the NSA is again being supplied with intelligence by the BND.

The station is considered central to surveillance of crisis countries in the Middle East, such as Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Libya, the papers said.