Germany Nixes Cold War-Era Intelligence Pact with US, Britain Over NSA Leaks
Germany Nixes Cold War-Era Intelligence Pact with US, Britain Over NSA Leaks

The NSA surveillance scandal lives on as Germany cancels a Cold War-era surveillance pact with the U.S. and Great Britain in response to revelations from Edward Snowden’s leaks on the eavesdropping operations.

Government officials have insisted that U.S. and British intelligence were never given permission to break Germany’s strict privacy laws. But they conceded that an agreement dating back to the late 1960s gave the U.S., Britain and France the right to request German authorities to conduct surveillance operations within Germany to protect their troops stationed there.

“The cancellation of the administrative agreements, which we have pushed for in recent weeks, is a necessary and proper consequence of the recent debate about protecting personal privacy,” Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in a statement. Source: Yahoo News