The Greek Embassy in Berlin was among the list of services and diplomatic missions systematically monitored by the German secret services. The revelation came through Spiegel, according to which BND was closely monitoring the Interior Ministries of the U.S., Denmark, Croatia, Austria and Poland, as well as telephone communications between the U.S. and Brussels, the United Nations in New York and the US Treasury in Washington D.C.
In fact, the German magazine reported that even the U.S. State Department line for travel advice was on the list of interceptions, which even included NGOs such as Care International, Oxfam, and the Red Cross in Geneva.
“Many foreign embassies and consulates located in Germany were on the list. BND was monitoring the e-mail addresses, phones and fax of the U.S., France, the UK, Sweden, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and even the Vatican representative services,” noted Spiegel.
According to the German magazine, the diplomatic representatives do not fall within Article 10 of the German Constitution, which protects Germans’ communications from monitoring.
This revelation came only three weeks after it was revealed that BND was monitoring the country’s European partners, on its own accord and not only under the command of the NSA.
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