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Germany tapped Frankfurt internet exchange for the NSA

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.

Further investigation by Süddeutsche Zeitung in June shed light on what one of those joint projects involved: the tapping of the DE-CIX internet exchange in Frankfurt, the largest in Europe.

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US Sites with NSA Personnel in Germany

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.

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