NEWSLINK: German government cancels Verizon contract in wake of U.S. spying row

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[“German government cancels Verizon contract in wake of U.S. spying row” – Reuters – 6.26.14]

Reuters covers the German governments planned cancellation of its relationship with Verizon, over controversies surrounding U.S. spying in Germany, including on the cellphone conversations of the German Chancellor.

The German government has cancelled a contract with U.S. telecoms firm Verizon …¬†as part of an overhaul of its internal communications, prompted by revelations last year of U.S. government spying.

Reports based on disclosures by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden alleged Washington had conducted mass surveillance in Germany and had even eavesdropped on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

Berlin subsequently demanded talks with Washington on a “no-spy” deal, but these collapsed after the United States appeared unwilling to give the assurances Germany wanted.

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