Posted on Jun 01, 2021
European governments are demanding answers after allegations emerged that Denmark's Defence Intelligence Service (FE) collaborated with the US National Security Agency (NSA) to gather information from 2012 to 2014.
Danish broadcaster DR has claimed that the two agencies worked together to spy on senior politicians, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Denmark's Defence Minister, Trine Bramsen, did not confirm or deny the report but told AFP news agency that "systemic eavesdropping of close allies is unacceptable". She was not in charge of the ministry during the alleged spying.
"This is not acceptable between allies, and even less between allies and European partners," said French President Emmanuel Macron, after speaking with with Ms. Merkel.
Intelligence was allegedly collected on other officials from Germany, France, Sweden and Norway. Those nations have also called for explanations.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told public broadcaster NRK: "It's unacceptable if countries which have close allied co-operation feel the need to spy on one another."
The NSA is said to have accessed text messages and the phone conversations of a number of prominent individuals by tapping into Danish internet cables in co-operation with the FE.
The alleged set-up, said in the report to have been codenamed "Operation Dunhammer", allowed the NSA to obtain data using the telephone numbers of politicians as search parameters, according to DR.
DR interviewed nine sources, all of whom are said to have had access to classified information held by the FE.
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