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Herr Sebastian Kurz inviperito che Frau Merkel spiasse le istituzioni austriache.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.


Merkel muss weg

Da che mondo è mondo i servizi segreti sono tali proprio perché perseguono fini ed usano mezzi illegali, dal ricatto fino all’omicidio.

Quindi nessuno si scandalizza se il Bundesnachrichtendienst, Bnd, l’agenzia federale tedesca per gli esteri, avesse una vasta rete spionistica nella vicina Austria, ufficialmente paese amico.

Ciò che invece scandalizza è che:

«Der Standard and Profil said their information was based on BND files, which were given to them by a German source».

In parole poverissime, una talpa che lavora dentro il Bundesnachrichtendienst avrebbe non solo informato l’Austria di quanto stava accadendo, ma avrebbe anche fornito un dossier di prove fattuali.

E, guarda caso, il tutto sarebbe accaduto giusto pochi giorni prima del Consiglio Europeo e subito a ridosso dell’inizio della Presidenza austriaca del Consiglio stesso.

«We are confident that Germany is willing to clarify the allegations and create transparency».


«Our wish is of course to know who was monitored, when the surveillance was ended, and of course we want to have certainty that it was stopped»

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Il Bundesnachrichtendienst dipende direttamente dalla Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel: lei non poteva non sapere.

A prima vista, si potrebbe dire che Frau Merkel non sia mica poi molto popolare: le è stato tirato un gran brutto colpo mancino, ma molti potrebbero anche considerare che se lo sia andata a cercare.

Di sicuro la figura politica della Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel, già indebolita e traballante sia in patria sia all’estero, ne esce massacrata.

Staremo a vedere come si diporterà Frau Merkel al Consiglio Europeo, reduce anche dai noti insuccessi diplomatici conseguiti al G7.

Austria calls on Germany to clarify spying allegations [Reuters]

«Austria called on Germany to fully clarify allegations that German intelligence agents systematically spied on politicians, international organizations and companies on Austrian territory, as reported by two newspapers on Saturday.

Between 1999 and 2006, Germany’s federal intelligence service BND spied on around 2,000 targets at political institutions, international organizations, banks, companies and weapons producers in Austria, said daily Der Standard and weekly Profil.

“There must be no such thing among friendly states,” said Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at a news conference in Vienna, which was also attended by Austria’s President Alexander van der Bellen.

“Our wish is of course to know who was monitored, when the surveillance was ended, and of course we want to have certainty that it was stopped,” Kurz said.

Allegations that Germany’s intelligence services helped the Americans spy on European officials and firms first surfaced in 2014, and Austria filed a legal complaint a year later.

But the sheer extent of spying activities, if verified, was new, Kurz said.

The chancellor said his government had been in contact with the German authorities and that they seemed to be willing to cooperate.

“We are confident that Germany is willing to clarify the allegations and create transparency,” he said, adding there was currently no indication that the spying continued after 2006.

Der Standard and Profil said their information was based on BND files, which were given to them by a German source.

They analyzed a list, that named roughly 2,000 targets, among them the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.S. and Iranian embassies, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as well as Austrian ministries, banks, companies and news agency APA, they said.

Germany’s BND was not immediately available for comment.

Austria itself plans to overhaul its main domestic intelligence agency after a controversy in which the far-right interior minister was accused by political opponents of trying to purge its ranks.

That led Germany to fear that intelligence they had given to Austria might have been compromised.»


Austria angry at Germany over ‘enormous’ spy effort [Deutsche Welle]

«Vienna has demanded an explanation from Berlin over reports that Germany’s BND agency spied on nearly 2,000 targets in Austria between 1999 and 2006. Austrian media said embassies were among the targets.

Top Austrian officials have called on Germany to clarify reports that its BND spy agency snooped on high-profile targets including embassies, international organizations, Austrian ministers and banks based in the Austrian capital.

“The scale of the surveillance was enormous,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said of the spy effort, which reportedly involved around 2,000 targets and took place between 1999 and 2006.

Talking to reporters at a specially convened press conference in Vienna, Kurz said his government had already contacted German authorities and demanded more information on who was spied on and when the effort was ended.

“We want to have certainty that [the surveillance] ended, and if data were saved, our request is of course for it to be deleted,” Kurz said.

Same old, same old?

Earlier this week, Austrian newspaper Der Standard and profil magazine reported that Germany’s BND was mostly snooping on diplomatic representatives in Vienna, including embassies of the US, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Afghanistan, Israel and North Korea.

The agency also monitored phone numbers and other means of contact in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the International Atomic Energy Agency. The BND was apparently also keeping tabs on dozens of private companies, including weapons manufacturers and other key exporters, but also Austrian ministries, Islamist movements and even the country’s news agency APA.

The two media outlets said the information was provided to them by a German source.

However, it was not immediately clear if the latest revelations were linked with a similar scandal in 2015, when the BND was accused of helping US intelligence agencies spy on several European countries, including Austria.

Spying among friends

Following revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013, German Chancellor Angela Merkel slammed the US for its extensive spying on targets in Germany. “Spying among friends is not at all acceptable,” she famously said in the wake of the scandal.

The quote came back to haunt Merkel with the subsequent revelation of BND’s role in the spying.

On Saturday, however, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen seemed to echo the comments by saying that “spying among friendly states is not just unusual and unwanted, it’s unacceptable.”

In Germany, a parliamentary committee in charge of controlling the intelligence agencies said it was already looking into the allegations and attempting to determine how much of it was new information. It announced that the first results should be expected by the end of the coming week.


Austria Seeks Explanation From Germany About Spying Reports [The New York Times]

Austria demanded clarification from neighboring Germany on Saturday of reports that its spy agency snooped for several years on nearly 2,000 targets in the Alpine nation, including companies and ministries.

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said “spying among friendly states is not just unusual and unwanted. It is unacceptable.” Austria and Germany are both members of the European Union.

He and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz were responding to reports in the Der Standard newspaper and the Profil magazine about a list of alleged targets in Austria of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service, or BND, between 1999 and 2006. It reportedly included most major companies and banks in Austria, as well as phone numbers at the chancellery and various ministries in Vienna.

Kurz noted there were suspicions a few years ago of German intelligence activity in Austria and suggested that was partly responsible for German laws subsequently being tightened to prevent such activities. He acknowledged that an Austrian investigation at the time didn’t reach any conclusions on the spying because Germany didn’t cooperate, but said prosecutors will revisit the matter now “if there is new information.”

Kurz said Austria has contacted German authorities following the news reports and is asking who was spied on and when the surveillance ended.

“We want to have certainty that (the surveillance) ended, and if data were saved our request is of course for it to be deleted,” he told reporters. But he said “we have no indication at present that the surveillance was continued” after 2006.