Belgian tribunal shall espionage by Germany under scrutiny

Jun

8

2015

There will be a criminal investigation into the possible interception of Belgian links by the German intelligence service BND. That the federal prosecutor at the time confirmed. The study should reveal whether there really was spying.

The federal prosecutor has taken the decision last Friday to investigate possible spying by the BND, writes De Tijd. That decision follows claims by the Austrian MEP Peter Pilz that the BND fifteen Belgian transit lines had on a priority list for draining. Should the German intelligence service have actually drained the lines, this may have legal consequences and would disturb the relations between Belgium and Germany.

The list, published by GroenLinks, it appears that ten lines of Belgacom’s Proximus now. In addition, it comes to lines include Getronics, France Telekom and Tele Danmark. The cables from 2005 would be drained by Deutsche Telekom through selectors, key words which could be filtered and which were delivered by the NSA and BND, as part of Operation Eikonal. In 2008, it stopped bleeding.

On the priority list with 250 cables Netherlands overrepresented with 71 connections especially KPN. It was previously known telecommunications company to investigate the claims and also the Interior Minister Plasterk said to have asked for clarification. However, an official investigation of Dutch side there is not yet.

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