Austria investigates Germany and the NSA on espionage charges

This week, Austrian Interior Minister, Johanna Mikl-Leitner announced that Austria has filed a criminal complaint on suspicion of “secret intelligence activities to the detriment of Austria". 

According to online news sources, legal investigations involving the allegations will examine whether the German intelligence service aided the US NSA in breaching the privacy of Austrian political leaders. “We need and want total clarification,” Mikl-Leitner told the press. 

The German government – which just two years ago angrily confronted the NSA over leaked US intelligence documents that suggested spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel – has agreed to cooperate with Austrian officials to uncover instances of intelligence eavesdropping or intercepted communications.