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Germany: New US intelligence base draws suspicion in Germany

Germany, Frankfurt
July 19, 2013 at 15:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: New US intelligence base draws suspicion in Germany

A brand new US Army Europe Consolidated Intelligence Center (CIC) is being built near Frankfurt in Weisbanden-Erbenheim, alarming anti-NSA parties in Germany. Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has denied that the new facility will be a base for operations carried about by the NSA, while the US Army has said its purpose is related to military intelligence.

The €124 million ($163 million) facility is meant to be finished by the end of 2015. The announcement of its construction drew criticism from NSA-oppositionists in Germany who questioned whether it would be used for NSA activity. They have been pressuring the German government to be more demanding of answers from the US regarding allegations that the NSA's surveillance program was used to spy on private German citizens.

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich visited Washington recently to meet with US officials to discuss intelligence-gathering operations. Upon returning to Berlin he spoke at Parliament with top officials to report on his visit. Meanwhile German authorities denied having had knowledge of the supposed US spy system PRISM on Wednesday, saying that the PRISM system used by Germany military in Afghanistan differed from that of the one used by the NSA.

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Germany: New US intelligence base draws suspicion in Germany

A brand new US Army Europe Consolidated Intelligence Center (CIC) is being built near Frankfurt in Weisbanden-Erbenheim, alarming anti-NSA parties in Germany. Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has denied that the new facility will be a base for operations carried about by the NSA, while the US Army has said its purpose is related to military intelligence.

The €124 million ($163 million) facility is meant to be finished by the end of 2015. The announcement of its construction drew criticism from NSA-oppositionists in Germany who questioned whether it would be used for NSA activity. They have been pressuring the German government to be more demanding of answers from the US regarding allegations that the NSA's surveillance program was used to spy on private German citizens.

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich visited Washington recently to meet with US officials to discuss intelligence-gathering operations. Upon returning to Berlin he spoke at Parliament with top officials to report on his visit. Meanwhile German authorities denied having had knowledge of the supposed US spy system PRISM on Wednesday, saying that the PRISM system used by Germany military in Afghanistan differed from that of the one used by the NSA.

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