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Germany to watch US agents after spy scandal

Published on Jul 24, 2014 10:08 PM
 
The US national flag is displayed outside the building of the US embassy in Berlin on July 10, 2014. Germany will step up its counter-espionage activity against some of its allies, government sources said on Thursday, July 24, 2014, after Berlin opened investigations into two men it suspects of spying for the United States. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Germany will step up its counter-espionage activity against some of its allies, government sources said on Thursday, after Berlin opened investigations into two men it suspects of spying for the United States.

The scandal broke a year after allegations of widespread surveillance of Germans by US agents who even bugged Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone, chilling ties with Washington.

Two sources, who declined to be identified, confirmed a report in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that Ms Merkel's chief of staff, Mr Peter Altmaier, had agreed on the long-discussed step with the interior and foreign ministers.

The "360 degree view" will allow German intelligence officers to watch US and British agents on German soil and marks a shift from the previous focus on Russians, Chinese and Iranians, reported the Sueddeutsche. "Now we need a strong signal," the paper quoted someone close to the decision as saying.

 
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