President of France, Emmanuel MacronHe described espionage among allies as unacceptable when commenting on reports of alleged stalking by the United States and Denmark against European politicians.
Macron said in a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel: “I want to say that it is not acceptable among allies, especially between European allies and partners.”
He added that France is awaiting clarifications in this regard from the United States and Denmark.
The German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung reported last Sunday that between 2012 and 2014, the US National Security Agency (NSA), with the help of the Danish Intelligence Service (FE), spied on several European leaders, including the German chancellor, at the time. Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as well as other politicians from Germany, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and France.
According to the post, the Danish government has been aware of this activity by US intelligence since at least 2015.
It also alleges that the Danish authorities received a special confidential report regarding the information published by Edward Snowden, a former employee of the National Security Agency.
According to the press, Danish intelligence allowed the Americans access to a special facility near Copenhagen, through which phone calls were wiretapped and could be connected to the submarine cables of Internet providers.
Representatives of Merkel’s office admitted that they were not aware that Denmark was involved in US espionage activities and declined to comment on the events.
In turn, the governments of Sweden and Norway, according to TV 2, have already called on their neighbors to provide explanations for them in this regard.