Members of the media gather at the parliamentary inquiry investigating the NSA's activities in Germany, in Berlin, May 7, 2015

Voice of America/Reuters: Report: Germany Gives Significant Phone, Text Data to US

BERLIN - Germany's BND intelligence agency sends mammoth amounts of phone and text data to the U.S.

National Security Agency [NSA] each month, Die Zeit Online reported, highlighting the scale of spying cooperation which has unleashed a political row here.

Critics have accused Chancellor Angela Merkel's staff of giving the nod to the BND to help the NSA spy on European firms and officials. They also say officials lied about the prospects of a U.S.-German "no-spy deal" before the 2013 election.

Polls show the scandal is starting to hurt popular Merkel whose office is responsible for the oversight of intelligence.

More News On Germany's BND Intelligence Scandal

Germany's intelligence agency is sending massive amounts of phone and text data to the NSA every month -- Reuters
US 'asked Berlin to spy on Siemens': NSA suspected firm was supplying technology to the Russian secret service -- Daily Mail
Merkel Comes Up Empty as German-U.S. Spy Talks Go Nowhere -- Bloomberg
Wikileaks Releases Transcript Of German Inquiry Into Growing NSA Spy Scandal -- TechDirt
Cybercrime: Industrial espionage and the BND -- Deutsche Welle

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