German spy agency ‘targeted phones of foreign reporters’

German spy agency ‘targeted phones of foreign reporters’

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Germany’s spy agency had at least 50 numbers and email addresses of journalists among its surveillance targets, it has been reported.

Der Spiegel said that a list seen by the magazine contained more than a dozen numbers belonging to the BBC in Afghanistan and London.

It said a New York Times phone number in Afghanistan and several mobile and satellite phone numbers for the Reuters news agency in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria were also on the list.

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, known by its acronym BND, declined to comment directly on the report.

In a statement sent to the Associated Press, the agency said it only communicates with the German government and politicians on parliament’s intelligence oversight committee about “operative aspects” of its work.

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