The Federal intelligence service of Germany (BND) has tapped the telephone conversations of many high-ranking foreign politicians, reports Deutsche Welle with reference to Der Spiegel.
According to this information, German intelligence wiretapped conversations, including Catherine Ashton during a period when she served as Supreme representative of the European Union on foreign policy.
In addition, BND tried to listen to the personal phone of US Secretary of state John Kerry, but in this case there was a curious error: the phone number entered in the hearing program, instead of the code, the U.S. code was amended to one of the African States.
However, the agents of German special services listened to negotiations by John Kerry on other phone lines.
In 2014, Der Spiegel reported that German intelligence listened to one conversation of U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry, which was conducted by mobile phone. Then it was argued that the recording of a conversation Kerry was random, as U.S. Secretary of state had not been monitoring German intelligence. Apparently, the conversation concerned the middle East.
Then it was reported that since 2009, the BND conducts intelligence activities against Turkey, which is a member of NATO. Perhaps the conversation Kerry was listened to as part of this activity.
In addition, it was alleged that in 2012 BND listened to the conversation of the American Secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.