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Reports surface of the UK conducting surveillance on Germany

November 6, 2013 | Written by The Grand Signal
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Documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden along with aerial footage reveal that the UK have been spying on the German Parliament. This news comes just weeks after reports broke that the NSA was spying on Chancellor Merkel. With US-German relations already deteriorating, the UK and Germany are following a similar fate.

Prime Minister David Cameron refused to comment on the GCHQ’s clandestine operations in Europe, citing that he doesn’t comment on interests of national security. Cameron’s spokesperson, in response to the recent allegations, gave a similar response, saying, “We don’t comment on intelligence questions”.

Aerial footage of the British embassy showed a “white, cylindrical tent-like structure” which could house the spying equipment. The structure has been in place for over ten years since the embassy was opened in 2000.

British ambassador Simon Macdonald was called upon to meet with German officials today in response to the original story published by The Independent.

via The Independent

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