The German Intelligence Agency (BND) assisted the US National Security Agency (NSA) in spying on European targets, including German interests, according to a report in Spiegel Online on Thursday.
The BND provided signals intelligence (SIGINT) for the NSA in more than 40,000 instances, according to the report. One of the targets was the Airbus Group, an aerospace and defense manufacturer.
The type of information the BND is allowed to collect is said to be strictly regulated by German law. The German spy agency is reported to have passed on Internet IP addresses as well as mobile phone numbers to the NSA.
German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said the BND had been asked to “thoroughly clarify this complex matter.” He added in a statement that the government had no proof of “massive eavesdropping against German or European citizens.”
Members of a German parliamentary inquiry committee stopped a meeting Thursday after the new information was published.
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