— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 1, 2015
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange…
“Today’s publication further demonstrates that the United States’ economic espionage campaign extends to Germany and to key European institutions and issues such as the EU Central Bank and the crisis in Greece.”
“Our publication today also shows how the UK is assisting the US to spy on issues central to Europe.”
“Would France and Germany have proceeded with the BRICS bailout plan for Greece if this intelligence was not collected and passed to the United States – who must have been horrified at the geopolitical implications?”
Via Sputnik News…
The new documents highlight dozens of German officials who the National Security Agency considered “high priority targets.” Listing the officials by target identifiers associated with phone numbers, the individuals are categorized as being involved in either “political affairs” or “international finance developments.”
The documents also reveal the extent of the NSA and GCHQ’s cooperation in spying on other ally nations.
Among the leaks are intercepted communications between Chancellor Merkel and her personal assistant, which reveal the German leader’s conflicting deliberations on how to confront the Greek crisis.
“…German Chancellor Angela Merkel professed to be at a loss as to which option – another haircut or a transfer union – would be best for addressing the situation,” one document reads. “Haircut” refers to losses which would be absorbed by private investors.
“Merkel’s fear was that Athens would be unable to overcome its problems even with an additional haircut, since it would not be able to handle the remaining debt,” the cable continues.
“Furthermore, she doubted that sending financial experts to Greece would be of much help in bringing the financial system there under control.”
Ultimately, Merkel’s preferred solution was “to enact a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT),” hopefully as soon as next year.
Another document indicates Germany’s support for IMF bailout plan funded by the BRICS nations.
“First, the German government wanted solutions that work within the context of current European legislation,” it reads. “On the other hands, the Germans would support a special IMF fund into which the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) nations would pool funds for the purpose of bolstering Eurozone bailout activities.”