German deputies may use typewriters to counteract US espionage

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)

Deputies of the German Parliament are seriously considering the use of typewriters in order to counter espionage on the part of the US, Chairman of the Bundestag Committee of inquiry into the activities of the NSA in Germany Patrick Sensburg stated on air of the German TV station Das Erste.

Sensburg answered in the affirmative the presenter’s question whether the deputies were going to start using typewriters. The surprised journalist inquired whether the official was joking, but received a negative answer, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper informs.

Besides, Sensburg noted that his committee has already got one mechanical typewriter, which could be used for internal communications along with codified e-mail and crypto telephones, reports.

“We should try to keep our internal communications in secret, use encrypted e-mail, crypto telephones and implement other measures which I cannot disclose now,” stressed Sensburg.

The spy scandal between Germany and the United States broke out in October, 2013, when it became known that US intelligence agencies were able to wiretap phone conversations of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Means of communication of some deputies of the Bundestag also became objects of electronic espionage, ITAR-TASS reports.

In early July, 2014, an employee of the Federal Intelligence Service of Germany and an employee of the country’s Ministry of Defense fell under suspicion in cooperation with US intelligence agencies.

US President wants to improve intelligence cooperation with Germany after spy scandal

US President Barack Obama in a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel said he wants to improve cooperation in the intelligence field amid the recent spy scandal, according to the statement issued by the White House Wednesday.

“The President and the Chancellor also exchanged views on U.S.-German intelligence cooperation, and the President said he’d remain in close communication [with Merkel] on ways to improve cooperation going forward,” the statement reads.

It was the first conversation between Obama and Merkel since beginning of July, when the spy scandal between the two countries broke out.

Initially German-American relations worsened following the revelations of the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who leaked the documents proving that the US intelligence tapped Merkel’s phone.

On July 2, a 31-year-old employee of the German intelligence service, the BND, was arrested and confessed to having leaked information about the government’s special committee investigation into American intelligence activities in Germany to the NSA.

On July 9, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported about the second spy suspect, who allegedly worked in the German defense ministry.

Amid the scandal Berlin has limited the cooperation of the BND and the Defense Ministry with its US counterparts and asked Washington’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) station chief to leave the country.

The White House said the US authorities value cooperation with Germany on safety issues and hope to soon resolve the spying issue.

According to the White House, despite the contradictions on the intelligence issue Obama and Merkel had a productive discussion on the situation in Ukraine and Iran’s nuclear program.

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