Berlin axes Cold War-era spying accords with US, Britain


AFP
August 2, 2013

Germany said Friday it had cancelled surveillance accords dating from the late 1960s with the United States and Britain in the wake of revelations about vast US online spying.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the move was “necessary and proper” amid the debate on data privacy protection sparked by the snooping scandal which also ignited uproar in Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the issue with US President Barack Obama on his June visit and has come under pressure in the run-up to September elections over Germany’s knowledge of it.

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