Merkel Criticized For İntelligence Agency’s Spying On Turkey.
A senior lawmaker of the German parliament, Andre Hahn, has criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel for a German foreign intelligence agency’s spying on Turkey.
“It was Chancellor Merkel who said that spying among friends is not acceptable,” Hahn said.
“I have asked the federal government if NATO partner Turkey is a friend or not. This question has never been answered by the federal government,” he said.
“Turkey is a partner of Germany. It is also an important country that should remain anchored in European structures,” Hahn said.
“I believe that cooperation is important and better than spying on each other with our secret services,” he said.
The senior lawmaker from the opposition Left Party is the Vice President of the Parliamentary Control Panel, which oversees the activities of Germany’s intelligence services.
The German weekly Der Spiegel published details of various top-secret documents in August revealing that Germany’s Bundesnachrichtendienst, the country’s foreign intelligence agency, had been spying on Turkey since 2009.
The documents were among the 217 top-secret files delivered to U.S. intelligence by an agency employee, identified as Markus R., who has been under arrest since early July under suspicion of working for the Americans.