Norway Summons US Envoy over Spying Claims

Norway summoned the US embassy’s top official in Oslo to initiate an official protest regarding a report that Washington had spied on Norwegian and other European leaders.

According to Danish public broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR), the US National Security Agency (NSA) had eavesdropped on Danish underwater internet cables from 2012 to 2014.

This means that they spied on influential politicians in France, Germany, Norway and Sweden, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Paris, Berlin and other European capitals have demanded answers from Washington and Copenhagen after the reports of allies spying on each other have been released since the Snowden agreement in 2013.

DR claimed that the the NSA has gotten access to text messages, telephone calls and internet traffic including searches, chats and messaging services.

This includes those of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, then-foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and then-opposition leader Peer Steinbruck.

“I’m pleased that the Americans clearly said that they changed their practices in 2014 when it comes to the monitoring of allies, and that they want to cooperate with us and others to chart what happened,” said Erna Solberg, the Norwegian Prime Minister, in response to the situation.

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