Danish Secret Service Helped U.S. Spy On Germany's Angela Merkel

Danish Secret Service Helped U.S. Spy On Germany's Angela Merkel

A joint European media investigation reveals Denmark's complicity in the NSA spying scandal against German politicians.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • The disclosure that the U.S. had been spying on its allies first started coming to light in 2013. Still, it is only now that journalists have gained access to reports detailing the support given to the NSA by the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (F.E.).
  • The report showed that Germany's close ally and neighbor cooperated with U.S. spying operations that targeted the German chancellor and president.
  • The Danish government knew of their country's secret service involvement in the NSA scandal by 2015 at the latest.
  • They began to collect information on the F.E.'s cooperation with the NSA between 2012 and 2014 in the secret Dunhammer report following the former NSA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden's disclosures.
  • The information they gathered made it clear that the F.E. had helped the NSA spy on leading politicians in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, France, and Germany.
  • Upon discovering exactly how far the cooperation between the two countries' intelligence services went, the Danish government forced the entire leadership of the F.E. to step down in 2020.

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