Belgian intelligence service is investigating possible German espionage




The Belgian Office for State Security will investigate allegations that the German intelligence service BND fifteen Belgian internet connections would have drained. Also regulator BIPT and telecom provider Proximus say to investigate the issue.

Minister of Justice Koen Geens has undertaken an investigation by the Department of State Security after an Austrian parliamentarian has released documents that German eavesdropping plans are explained in detail. The accusation states that the BND, the German secret service, would certainly fifteen Belgian cable connections have drained between 2004 and 2008. Ten of them were owned by Proximus, the former Belgacom. That cable connections run through Germany, making the German intelligence service would have to have been. It is not known whether the interception is actually happened or that it is only concerned with a plan.

The minister said the purpose of the investigation “to determine whether and to what extent Belgian targets were actually the subject of the alleged espionage activities”, so writes De Morgen. The minister said on the basis of the conclusions of the ‘appropriate measures’ will be taken. Meanwhile regulator BIPT has indicated that it wants to do its own investigation.

Proximus promises the issue about the alleged BND espionage, which would thereby have worked closely with the NSA, also to investigate “thoroughly”. The telecom provider, which earlier victim was sophisticated hacks by the British secret service GCHQ says still have no indication that there has been tapped by the Germans.

Netherlands was also a victim of German taps are 71 cables were on a priority list that ran from the Netherlands to Germany. Almost all of these compounds would be of KPN. Minister Plasterk of Interior said earlier this week know that “there is no evidence that a foreign power without the consent intelligence activities unfolding in the Netherlands


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