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Germany drops probe into alleged US tapping of Merkel cellphone

Germany's federal prosecutor launched an investigation last June into claims that the US National Security Agency (NSA) tapped Angela Merkel's phoneGermany’s chief prosecutor has dropped a probe into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone by US intelligence agencies, his office said Friday. The suspected surveillance and rampant online spying by the US National Security Agency (NSA) revealed by fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden badly strained US-German relations. The German chief prosecutor Harald Range said he had put an end to his year-old probe, citing a lack of hard evidence that would stand up in a court of law.

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