24 October 2013
According to an investigation by Spiegel Online “the German government has received information that the German Chancellor’s mobile phone may be tapped by American secret services,” writes Süddeutsche Zeitung.
On October 23, just hours after these revelations emerged, Angela Merkel telephoned US President Barack Obama to demand “an immediate and comprehensive explanation.” For the daily —
An attack on her telephone amounts to an attack on Angela Merkel’s political heart. It is hard to imagine that a friendly state could commit a worse affront. If the American secret services did spy on her, the NSA affair will take on a whole new dimension.