German Interior Minister: US Assurances on NSA ‘Insufficient’

Key Merkel Ally Dubs US Tactics 'Excessive and Over-the-Top'

Speaking ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Washington next month, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says that the US assurances about NSA surveillance have been wholly insufficient.

Maiziere, the most high profile Merkel ally to discuss the NSA surveillance, went on to say that the US used tactics that are “excessive and over-the-top” and that Germany continues to press for a no-spy deal.

A nation with a long history of surveillance abuses, Germany has taken the NSA scandal more seriously than almost anyone else, with NSA targets centering around not only on major German businesses, but wiretapping Merkel’s phone as well.

Though President Obama later signed an order nominally banning direct eavesdropping on close allies’ leaders, it included loopholes which suggest the practice will essentially continue.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of