Ger­man Par­lia­ment chief to OK probe of Wik­iLeaks doc­u­ments

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

The speaker of the Ger­man Par­lia­ment is plan­ning to ap­prove a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the leak of con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to US in­tel­li­gence ac­tiv­i­ties in the coun­try.

The doc­u­ments, posted on­line Thurs­day by Wik­iLeaks, came from a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee’s in­quiry into the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ger­man au­thor­i­ties and the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency. The in­quiry was launched a year af­ter for­mer NSA con­trac­tor Ed­ward Snow­den re­vealed de­tails of se­cret US eaves­drop­ping pro­grams in 2013.

Par­lia­men­tary of­fi­cials Fri­day con­firmed Ger­man me­dia re­ports that Speaker Nor­bert Lam­mert would give pros­e­cu­tors per­mis­sion to in­ves­ti­gate the leak of some 90 gi­ga­bytes of data. Pa­trick Sens­burg, who chairs the panel and is a mem­ber of Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s party, was quoted by Funke Me­dia Group as say­ing that a “for­eign hack­ing at­tack can’t be ruled out.”

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