US Used British-Based Unit to Wiretap Merkel's Phone

World | October 27, 2013, Sunday // 18:33
Bulgaria: US Used British-Based Unit to Wiretap Merkel's Phone German Chancellor Angela Merkel, photo by EPA/BGNES

America's National Security Agency (NSA) used a British spy base to wiretap phone calls of 35 world leaders, including that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

RAF Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire is the biggest surveillance and interception facility in Europe, according to reports of the Daily Mail, as cited by the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency.

At the eavesdropping site, which has 33 radomes to house satellite dishes, NSA experts process intercepted phone calls and electronic data from private individuals, government officials, and corporations.

On Saturday, Der Spiegel announced that the NSA may have been spying on Merkel's phone since 2002.

According to ITAR-TASS, all evidence indicates that the phone calls of the German leader were intercepted and decoded at a unit located on the territory of Britain.

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