Downing Street The German magazine Der Spiegel reported Wednesday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel strongly suspects her mobile phone has been under American surveillance “for years.” The magazine’s story, which did not provide any details, lists well-known American security researcher Jacob Appelbaum as the lead author. (Appelbaum currently lives in Berlin.) The article adds that “Spiegel research” was shared with the Federal Office for Information Security and the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND), the rough equivalent of the American CIA and National Security Agency (NSA). Following this unspecified research, the magazine noted that “Berlin seems to have found their suspicions plausible enough to confront the US government.”     

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