Monday, June 30, 2014

Another US whistleblower to reveal details of NSA surveillance in Germany

© Voice of Russia
Voice of Russia | Jun 29, 2014

A former employee of the US National Security Agency (NSA), Thomas Drake, intends to reveal new details of NSA surveillance in Germany. He is due to testify before a German parliamentary committee on July 3, the Weltam Sonntag newspaper reports.

Drake claims to possess "specific information" about broad cooperation between the US and German secret services through bilateral agreements that he himself saw.

Commenting on the tapping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's by the NSA, Drake said that there was no need for the American secret services to be involved directly as that could be done by local telecommunications providers through contracts with the NSA.

Intelligence cooperation, he explained, takes precedence over everything else and overrides restrictions imposed by a constitution.

Drake had been a full-time NSA contractor for five years before being sacked in 2009 following a conflict with his superiors.

When attempting to unveil the truth about the NSA a few years ago, he was accused of disclosing classified data and prosecuted. Later, however, the charges against him were dropped.

The world's most known whistleblower Edward Snowden has called Drake, 57, one of the key witnesses in the inquiry about NSA surveillance in Germany.

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