Report: Germany's BND spied on international media

BBC, Reuters and New York Times were among targets of BND’s surveillance, Der Spiegel magazine reports

Report: Germany's BND spied on international media

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Germany’s foreign intelligence service BND had spied on international media organizations, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday. 

The German weekly claims that since 1999 the spy agency had monitored communication lines belonging to various media outlets, including the BBC, Reuters and the New York Times, from its satellite tracking station. 

BND’s selectors lists that are used to spy on worldwide communication -- which Der Spiegel says it has seen -- included at least 50 telephone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of journalists and newsrooms around the world. 

While the BND’s surveillance particularly focused on reporters and offices in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, the spy agency also monitored a newspaper in Zimbabwe, news agencies in Kuwait, Lebanon, and journalist unions in Nepal and Indonesia, according to the weekly. 

Since 2015, the BND has been under widespread criticism for its mass surveillance which has reportedly also targeted embassies of several of its EU partners and NATO allies. 

The BND is also criticized for its reported secret cooperation with the American National Security Agency (NSA) in monitoring telephone and internet communications in conflict regions from the Bad Aibling station in southern Germany.

The controversial selectors lists of the BND and various recent scandals surrounding the spy agency are currently investigated by a committee of Germany’s federal parliament. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Şubat 2017, 08:58