Germany is NSA's 'Most Prolific Partner': Report
New documents reveal extent of US-German spying cooperation
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2013 3:40 PM CDT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during her annual press conference in Berlin, Germany.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

(Newser) – Barack Obama isn't the only world leader suffering over leaked information about NSA surveillance—Germany's Angela Merkel is also in the firing line. On Friday, she spent her annual news conference dealing with increasing concerns that the US has been spying on German citizens, the New York Times reports. "We are examining what happened, whether this is the tip of the iceberg, or less serious, or something else—what is true," she said. But a new report from Der Spiegel says Germany should have some idea of what's true, because it is running NSA spying programs and has actually been increasing its cooperation with US intelligence recently.

Der Spiegel says it has seen secret US documents showing German intelligence is employing the NSA's XKeyScore program. XKeyScore allows the agencies to gather all unfiltered data coming from a target's computer for several days, including things like what they have typed into search engines and the content of communications. The NSA accesses up to 500 million data connections from Germany a month. In December 2012 alone, 180 million of those came from XKeyScore. The documents also report that Germany's foreign intelligence service has recently "been working to influence the German government to relax interpretation of the privacy laws to provide greater opportunities of intelligence sharing" and has become the NSA's "most prolific partner" for intelligence gathering in Afghanistan.

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Jul 24, 2013 4:16 PM CDT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DO NOT HAVE A GOVERNMENT, IT HAS BANKS ONLY!!! America is a banking system design by the Rothschild... People believes that America is control by a Government when its control by Wall street. Americans are very uneducated and believe mostly anything you tell them, google America eductation level, we are at the bottom of the charts.Example, Americans pays taxes for 911 on their bills and even through their hard working eranings. Means you aleady pay for medical!!!!! The 16 AMENDEMENT IS A FRAUD! Taxes taken out from your checks is unconstitutional because YOU ARE NOT ALOUD TO TAX ON LABOR!!! USA has more Germans than any other nationality! There more than 60 millions germans in the USA. Meaning this is Germany!! Hitler peoples are doing the same thing here like they did in Germany. They are the Rothschild!! Rothschild are connected to the Draconians from the draco galaxy, which they call the cat eye and the Freemason refers it as the ALL SEEING EYE!!!! Look humans, sheep, puppets, machines, junk dna, whatever they refer you as please wake up!!! Here's are those who has been manipulation humanity over 25,000 years ago since the Lucifer rebellion... they are the followers and workers of the 13 bloodlines, G3 Free Trade Agreement, Group of two,Group of four, Group of six, Group of seven, Group of eight, Major Economies, G8 Summit resorts, Group of nine, The Next Eleven, The Melanesian Spearhead Group, The Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the gulf, Mercosur or Mercosul, MIKT, The African Union, The Commonwealth of Nations, Trilateral summits, The CCTS- Cooperation Council of the Turkic speaking States, The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, The United Nations, The Union for the Mediterranean and The Union of American Nations... Take it from an ex-work security guard from the Dulce base :)(:
Jul 23, 2013 11:06 AM CDT
" It shows that the regime opened fire on people who were unarmed and that it escalated the violence to include active sniping from rooftops that targeted children among the protestors." Yes, that started last year, after they opened fire on demonstrations that were peaceful. It was part of Assad's escalation, the escalation that eventually resulted in HIS army beginning to desert."
Jul 22, 2013 11:02 AM CDT
USA/Israel/& Germany.... Need to look @ them since WWII, this has been a work in the making long before some of us were born...