NSA tapped German ex-chancellor Gerhard Schröder's phone
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NSA tapped German ex-chancellor Gerhard Schröder's mobile phone German media say Angela Merkel's predecessor was put under surveillance
U.S. intelligence spied on former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder from 2002, NDR television reported adding fuel to the flames of a wider row over spying on incumbent Angela Merkel and other high-profile world leaders.
Schröder, the Social Democrat chancellor who served from 1998 to 2005, appears on a list of names of people and institutions put under surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) from 2002, at the start of his second mandate as German head of state.
U.S.-German ties soured amid revelations leaked by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden that U.S. intelligence agencies had eavesdropped on Merkel and collected vast amounts of online data and telephone records from average citizens.
Edward Snowden appeared to come very close to announcing the news himself. During his recent interview with German public broadcaster NDR, he said: "I would suggest it seems unreasonable that if anyone was concerned about the intentions of German leadership that they would only watch Merkel and not her aides, not other prominent officials, not heads of ministries or even local government officials."
Now it appears that, in addition to eavesdropping German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile communications, the National Security Agency was also eavesdropping on Gerhard Schröder's phone while he was still chancellor. On Tuesday night, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and NDR reported that Schröder had appeared on the so-called National Sigint Requirement List, a list of people and institutions named for targetting by the intelligence agency whose telephone communications should be monitored. Schröder was reportedly assigned the number "388" in 2002, if not sooner.The reports cite unnamed US government and NSA insider sources claiming that Schröder was declared a target for monitoring because of his critical position on US preparations for a war in Iraq. A person with knowledge of the action is quoted as saying that the US had reason to believe that Schröder would not help lead the alliance toward success.