According to an investigation revealed Sunday, May 30 by Danish television, the American intelligence services would have used Danish Internet networks to spy on European leaders.
The eavesdropping would have taken place in 2012, then in 2014. They concern European leaders, starting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her then foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as well as the leader of the opposition then, Peer Steinbruck.
The survey carried out by Danish public television DR does not reveal the exhaustive list of the personalities targeted. But she claims that the National Security Agency (NSA), the powerful American intelligence agency, would have hijacked the flow of Danish Internet cables to intercept communications including in France, Sweden or Norway.
To do this, the NSA would have benefited from collaboration with Danish military intelligence, FE. In any case, this was confirmed by nine corroborating sources having had access to an internal investigation at FE, launched in 2015 and baptized « Operation Dunhammer ». The case, if it were true, would be “Extremely serious”, estimated the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune.
Denmark as a hub for global information flow
The survey does not establish the level of Danish involvement. Nothing says at this stage whether Copenhagen was aware of Washington’s actions. The Scandinavian kingdom is in any case a hub of the world flow of information, through which the communications of Europeans, but also of Russians pass.
The facts would have taken place under the presidency of Barack Obama, just before and just after the Snowden affair which broke out in 2013. The scandal had revealed the existence of a global surveillance system for communications and the Internet. He too focused his attention on German leaders, especially Angela Merkel.