Denmark’s prime minister, Mette Fredriksen, defended the country’s ties with her allies on Wednesday after France and Germany sought answers over reports that the US used Danish information cables to spy on European leaders.
On Tuesday, the Danish public broadcaster reported that the US exploited its ties with the Nordic nation’s intelligence agency to spy on political figures in France, Germany, Norway and Sweden between 2012 and 2014.
The US National Security Agency (NSA) reportedly used internet cables to and from Denmark, which hosts major landing stations for underwater lines, including text messages, telephone calls and online activity. To disrupt digital communication.
Speaking to local media outlet Ritzau, Fredriksson claimed it would be wrong to suggest this, despite concern among Danish allies. “There is a need to restore relations with France or Germany,” PM said that a “ongoing dialogue” between states.
However, despite defending Denmark’s relations with the affected countries, the Danish leader declared that “There should be no systematic monitoring of allies,” Pressuring the US to explicitly outline whether it has stopped engaging in those activities.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after a virtual summit with each other, used a press conference to jointly condemn the espionage reports. Macron announces that there are no US actions “Acceptable among allies,” Merkel reiterated that statement.
The White House has not denied the espionage reports, but has offered to work with its allies, including the nations it allegedly spied on, to reassure them and their concerns regarding security matters. question can be answered.
This is not the first time the US has been accused of monitoring European politicians. Back in 2013, whistleblower and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claimed that the agency had tapped Merkel’s phone. Tweeting in the wake of these new reports, Snowden Accused Being President Joe Biden “For the first time deeply involved in this scam,” when he was serving as the Vice President.
“There should be a clear need for full public disclosure not only from Denmark, but also from his senior partner,” Snowden added.
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