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Germany ‘spied’ on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton: Der Spiegel

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Magazine claims foreign intelligence agency BND collected the phone calls by accident within the context of other operations

German intelligence services eavesdropped on calls made by US secretary of state John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, Der Spiegel has reported.

The German foreign intelligence agency, BND, tapped a satellite phone conversation Kerry made in 2013 and also recorded a conversation between Clinton and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan a year earlier, according to the magazine.

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The three officials were not directly targeted with phone calls collected by accident within the context of other operations, according to the report.

It also cites a confidential 2009 BND document listing Nato member Turkey as a target for German intelligence gathering. Neither the BND or the US embassy in Berlin have responded to requests to comment on the report.

Earlier this year Der Spiegel reported that John Kerry’s phone was tapped by Israeli spies during Middle East peace talks last year, who listened to his conversations with officials from Israel, Palestinian territories and Arab states.

The Israeli government then used the information obtained in negotiations to try to reach a settlement.

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