Germany’s spying on US officials is completely different than the US National Security Agency’s snooping on other countries, an American political analyst says.
German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, BND, spied on the current and former US secretaries of state.
The agency eavesdropped on a satellite phone call made by US Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013. It also recorded a conversation between Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan a year earlier.
“These are not the same allegations that the Germans have against the NSA,” former American Intelligence Linguist Scott Rickard told Press TV from Orlando on Sunday.
“These are minor infractions that happened while Clinton and Kerry were flying in an aircraft using the same frequencies of other particular targets in conflict zones. They were inadvertently recorded and recordings were deleted when they were discovered,” he added.
“That’s very significant comparatively to NSA spying on NATO countries like Germany and others,” Rickard said. “The US and NSA’s volume of recording of intelligence is much higher than any other nation around the world.”
The relations between Washington and Berlin have strained over the NSA spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone.