US not for bi­lat­eral no-spy agree­ment with Ger­many


The United States has re­fused to en­ter into a bi­lat­eral no-spy agree­ment with Ger­many, and has re­fused to rule out eaves­drop­ping on calls of Ger­man po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to re­ports in the Ger­man press. It now ap­pears that hopes in Ger­many that the United States would agree to a bi­lat­eral non-spy­ing pact — sim­i­lar to agree­ments be­tween the United States and Bri­tain, Canada, Aus­tralia and New Zealand — have been dashed.

The Ger­man Govern­ment has told the Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion it would con­sider such a “nest of spies” a breach of the Vi­enna Con­ven­tion on Diplo­matic Re­la­tions. In Au­gust 2013, the Ger­man Govern­ment said that there had al­ready been a ver­bal agree­ment and that a pact had been sug­gested by the United States.

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