BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it is seeking information from Britain on a report that British spies are running an online eavesdropping operation so vast it outstrips the United States' Internet surveillance effort.
Interior Ministry spokesman Markus Beyer-Pollok said Monday the ministry has sent questions about the matter to the British Embassy. Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said German authorities have no knowledge of the alleged program beyond Friday's report by the Guardian newspaper but the government takes the issue seriously.
The paper cited British intelligence memos leaked by ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to claim that U.K. spies were tapping into the world's network of fiber optic cables. Berlin's reaction mirrors its response to earlier reports about U.S. surveillance.