Norway summons US embassy official amid Denmark-US spy dispute, World News says
In the middle of the row American intelligence spying on European politicians with help from Denmark, the Norwegian government summoned an American embassy official on Thursday, according to reports.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg told the local news agency that US officials told the government they had changed the practice since 2014. The prime minister added that she summoned the US embassy official to monitoring.
Danish radio reported on Sunday that the US secret service used the country’s underwater internet cables from 2012 to 2014 to spy on European politicians, including the German Chancellor. Angela Merkethe.
US officials have also reportedly spied on politicians from France, Norway and Sweden.
However, the PM of Denmark Frederiksen said there was “no need to repair relations with France or Germany” saying the country was engaged in “permanent dialogue”.
Danish media reported that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) officials intercepted messages and phone calls from former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and former opposition leader Peer Steinbruck, including the German chancellor.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a meeting called for explanations from the United States and Denmark. The French president said the incident was “not acceptable among allies” while saying he expected “complete clarity” from the two nations allegedly involved in the espionage affair.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg echoed thoughts similar to those of its European allies, saying it was “unacceptable if countries that have close allied cooperation feel the need to spy on each other.”
Macron’s minister Clément Beaune had said the allegation was “extremely serious” reiterating that there should be trust between the allies.
In a development close to the espionage affair, the whistleblower Edward snowden who was a sub-contractor to the NSA had published thousands of secret US surveillance files in 2013 which revealed that the United States had spied on several countries and tracked German Chancellor Merkel’s cell phone.
Snowden later fled to Russia after the Obama the administration launched a manhunt to stop him.
(With contributions from the Agencies)