This summer, reporting based on documents disclosed by Edward Snowden gave an indication of the extent of German cooperation with NSA surveillance. In particular, Der Spiegel’s reporting drew attention to the involvement of Germany’s BND in the NSA’s corporate partnerships and the agencies’ jointly staffed projects based at Bad Aibling in Bavaria.
This undated document lists the locations of US-operated signals intelligence stations in Germany (some have been redacted): see the Der Spiegel article The NSA in Germany: Snowden’s Documents Available for Download, 18 June 2014.
This article from the internal NSA newsletter Foreign Affairs Digest, dated 10 June 2005, marks the one-year anniversary of the US Special Liaison Activity Germany (SUSLAG) – NSA personnel working on German soil: see the Der Spiegel article New NSA Revelations: Inside Snowden’s Germany File, 18 June 2014.
This internal NSA briefing dated 17 January 2013 describes the current state of the US-German intelligence relationship and mentions that “The BND has been working to influence the German Government to relax interpretation of the privacy laws over the long term to provide greater opportunity for intelligence sharing”: see the Der Spiegel article New NSA Revelations: Inside Snowden’s Germany File, 18 June 2014.
This post from the NSA intranet dated 6 April 2001 gives the reactions of staff to the announced closure of the Bad Aibling station in Bavaria (in the event, the NSA retained a presence at the base): see the Der Spiegel article Spying Together: Germany’s Deep Cooperation with the NSA, 18 June 2014.
This background paper briefs issues to be discussed for a visit of senior BND personnel to Fort Meade, including Special Source Operations collaboration on a cable tap codenamed WHARPDRIVE: see the Der Spiegel article New NSA Revelations: Inside Snowden’s Germany File, 18 June 2014.
This background document, prepared by NSA officials in advance of a conversation with representatives of Germany’s domestic (BfV) and foreign (BND) intelligence services, outlines the continuing cooperation between the three agencies in the field of counterterrorism. Extracts from this document were published by Der Spiegel in July 2013: see the Der Spiegel article New NSA Revelations: Inside Snowden’s Germany File, 18 June 2014.
A listing of Sigads (Signals Intelligence Activity Designators, or collection stream associated with a signals intelligence station) based in Germany, collated by Der Spiegel. For around a dozen of the 150 or so historical sigads in this list, no closing date is supplied: see the Der Spiegel article Snowden-Dokumente: Hier sitzt die NSA in Deutschland, 18 June 2014.