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‘German intelligence used NSA programme to spy on citizens’

Germany’s two main intelligence services used a special surveillance programme of the US to collect vast amounts of communications data, even as the government continued to deny prior knowledge of such operations, a report claimed on Sunday.

Top secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents leaked by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden reveal that Germany’s external intelligence service BND and its domestic counterpart, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, were equipped with the programme code-named ‘XKeyScore,’ Der Spiegel said.

It was described as ‘a comprehensive programme capable of monitoring and collecting the metadata, information about the origin and destinations of connections and to find out what terms a particular person has used in a search.
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