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Growing Spy Scandal Threatens US-German Intel Ties
German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves during a campaign event on July 19, 2013. (MARCUS BRANDT/AFP/Getty Images)
August 5, 2013
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The government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is taking steps to scale back cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hoping to distance itself from a growing scandal over electronic surveillance of German citizens and reduce its political vulnerability ahead of September elections.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle canceled a long-standing electronic surveillance agreement with the United States on August 2, calling it “a necessary and proper consequence of the recent debate about protecting personal privacy.”
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