WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has offered to provide the Bundestag committee with the full list of US National Security Agency (NSA) spying targets in Germany, in an interview with Germany’s Spiegel magazine.
Germany’s parliamentary committee was set up in early 2014 to investigate US spying activities. A sticking point in its probe is Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refusal to unveil the list of so-called selectors that NSA used to sift through EU communications. The identity of the selectors reportedly proves the agency listened on European government members, including Merkel and her foreign minister.
The Australian whistleblower, who has been holed up for three years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, said he was ready to meet with NSA committee members and answer their questions.
Assange told German reporters his website was doing extremely well despite the US hunt on whistleblowers. In the past months, it has been overwhelmed with top-secret materials still waiting to be published, the activist said, adding the website’s banking accounts have been unblocked and that no employee had been jailed.
Documents in last Wednesday’s WikiLeaks post shed light on NSA wiretaps of 125 phone numbers associated with German government, finance, military and business figures. A statement accompanying the leak cited Julian Assange calling on Chancellor Merkel to stand up for her country in the wake of the ongoing NSA espionage scandal.