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German ministers urge swift answers from US over reports of spying by double agent

Published on Jul 6, 2014 9:02 PM
 
A photo taken on March 31, 2014, shows the new headquarters of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) during construction works in Berlin. German ministers on Sunday called for a swift response from the United States to allegations of spying by a suspected double agent, which have raised fears of fresh tensions between the two allies. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - German ministers on Sunday called for a swift response from the United States to allegations of spying by a suspected double agent, which have raised fears of fresh tensions between the two allies.

"If reports are correct, we are not talking here about small potatoes," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a tweet, following reports of US spying that have sparked anger in Germany after revelations the US National Security Agency (NSA) allegedly tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone.

The US ambassador, who was called to a meeting at the Foreign Ministry late on Friday, had been told Washington is expected to shed light on the reports "as quickly as possible", he added.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere in pre-released experts from Monday's Bild newspaper called for a "quick and clear" statement by the US on the allegations.

 
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