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German leader: spying on allies harms security

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Posted January 30, 2014
German leader: spying on allies harms security (Update)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a government statement as part of a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Due to a hip injury Merkel has to sit during her speech. The reflections are caused by windows at the visitors tribune. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Wednesday that countries who spy on their allies risk destroying trust, resulting in less rather than more security.

Merkel used her inaugural address to Parliament after her re-election to slam the United States and Britain over their spy programs. Among the allegations to surface from secret U.S. government documents released by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden last year are that friendly countries and their leaders—including Merkel—have been the target of electronic eavesdropping.

The U.S. says its surveillance programs are focused on threats to national security, including terrorism.

“Actions where the ends justify the means, where everything that is technically possible is done, harms trust,” Merkel said. “It sows distrust. In the end there will be less, not more, security.”

The German leader said her government felt a responsibility to protect the privacy rights of its citizens, too. But she rejected calls to pressure Washington into signing a “no spy” agreement between the two countries by suspending trade talks between the U.S. and the European Union.

Read more at: Phys.org

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