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December 12, 2014

Hmm: German Prosecutor Says That Document Ordering the NSA to Tap Angela Merkel's Mobile Phone May be a (Russian?) Forgery

Ah, the despicable Soviet Empire.

Snowden allged we'd bugged German Chancellor Merkel's personal phone. This, of course, prompted a major diplomatic strain between the US and Germany.

But a German prosecutor says the key document establishing this bugging may be a fake.

Herald Range, who launched an investigation for the alleged spying by the NSA on Merkel, said that "there is no proof at the moment which could lead to charges that Chancellor Merkel's phone connection data was collected or her calls tapped".

"The document presented in public as proof of an actual tapping of the mobile phone is not an authentic surveillance order by the NSA. It does not come from the NSA database," he continued.

The story is actually more complicated that I've presented, and frankly I don't know if the IBD understands it fully, either, because they sure the hell haven't made it clear to me.

Apparently Snoweden claimed Merkel's phone was "bugged." But it's possible that the US merely looked at her contact information.

A document purports to order her phone to be bugged, but this document, I think, seems fake, and seems to have not actually have come from the NSA database.



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