Den tyske innenriksministeren sier det kan bli snakk om tiltale hvis det kan bevises at USA har drevet avlytting på tysk jord. Deutsche Welle


The newspaper reported that the NSA had targeted not only the cell phone supplied by her conservative Christian Democrat Union party but also her encrypted official device.

Interior minister wants answers

On Sunday, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said if the allegations that Merkel’s cell phone was tapped on German soil then criminal charges should follow. Friedrich told BAMS that «eavesdropping is a criminal offense.»

«If the Americans tapped mobile phones in Germany, they have broken German law on German soil,» Friedrich said, adding that «those responsible must be held accountable.»

Ahead of a visit to Washington next week by a high-ranking German government delegation, Friedrich said the US must give «gapless answers» on where and to what extent it had eavesdropped on the state and citizens.

«The trust in the alliance partner USA is shaken» said Friedrich.