Allegations that the U.S. spied on European leaders with the help of the Danish intelligence agency raised concerns in the EU and again cast a shadow of doubt over relations between Washington and Brussels relations, Radio Free Europe reported.
Reports that the Danish military intelligence agency assisted the U.S. in spying on leading European politicians, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have caused concern and demands for an explanation in the EU.
The Danish public broadcaster Danmarks radio reported that the National Security Agency (NSA), whose alleged wiretapping of Angela Merkel’s phone was revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013, also used the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (FE) to spy on officials in Sweden, Norway, and France.
The allegations were mentioned in an internal confidential report on the role of the Danish Intelligence Service in the partnership agreement in supervision with the NSA from 2012 to 2014, the Danish radio stated, referring to nine unidentified sources familiar with the investigation.
The alleged spying took place during and after the Snowden affair in 2013 when the former NSA employee released thousands of secret documents that revealed a huge U.S. surveillance operation launched after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
French President Emanuel Macron and the German chancellor asked for an explanation from Washington, stating that wiretapping “is not acceptable between allies”. However, Macron also said that “there is no room for doubt” on the relations between the U.S. and its European allies.